The Career Resource Workshops are designed to ensure that all faculty have equal access to the resources, implicit knowledge, and network connections necessary to cultivate career success at the highest levels. These events feature panels of faculty from UC Davis and visiting scholars from other research universities and focus on topics such as effective communication styles, negotiation strategies, leadership styles and skills, managing labs and staff, getting writing done, etc.
The National Science Foundation began supporting ADVANCE initiatives in 2001, and has awarded over $130M in funding for a variety of programs. The most significant efforts seek to create permanent institutional transformation.
Professional disciplinary groups allow members to meet, engage, and share knowledge. This effort is particularly important to foster supportive, collaborative networks among scientists from under-represented groups.
We have compiled multiple publicly available databases of the published research related to NSF ADVANCE program efforts to increase diversity in STEM education and the STEM labor force. These include the literature on implicit bias, mentorship and other topics.
Balance is real challenge facing many faculty, particularly women with children. The perception (and reality) of the inflexibility and rigor of an academic career is one cause for the lack of diversity in STEM disciplines.