To design and implement programs that will generate a more equitable assessment of women and underrepresented groups in STEM fields. To develop and implement culturally-nuanced, evidence-based programs to (a) raise awareness of unconscious and institutional bias (with respect to culture, race/ethnicity, and gender) and (b) generate greater understanding of the ways in which STEM research communities can benefit from the contribution of diversity.
The Inclusive Campus Climate Initiative will:
Establish a campus-wide, inclusive climate that values diversity and promotes the full participation and achievement among all faculty.
Develop evidence-based programs to raise awareness of the influence of unconscious bias (by culture, race/ethnicity, and gender) and the value of diverse perspectives for STEM research.
Institutionalize the administration of unconscious bias and value-of-diversity programs to all faculty at UC Davis and disseminate effective unconscious bias and value-of-diversity programs to other UC campuses and universities nationwide.
Develop and implement the Strength Through Equity and Diversity (STEAD) program in order to identify and change biased recruitment and hiring practices to be more inclusive, to broaden applicant pools, and ultimately enhance the excellence and diversity among faculty job candidates and new faculty hires.
Conduct a UC systemwide roundtable discussion on workplace climate to:
Examine the issue of the workplace climate and the impact climate has on the recruitment, retention and success of diverse STEM faculty
Examine the varied dimensions of workplace climate, the factors that influence it, and how the experience of climate varies by gender and race/ethnicity
Equip participants with tools, resources, and strategies for assessing and improving workplace climate for STEM faculty.
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.