The goal of the NSF ADVANCE Program is to increase the participation of women in the academic science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and social, behavioral and economic (SBE) science careers. Since 2001, the NSF has invested over $130 million in over 100 institutions to help affect the underrepresentation of women in these fields.
ADVANCE at U.Va.
The U.Va. ADVANCE program will implement five initiatives over a five year period to achieve this goal at the University:
>>Women in Stem Webinar on MAY 21, 2013<<
This Webinar is a great way to learn more about women in STEM disciplines from Hazel Sive, Assoc. Dean of Science & Professor of Biology at MIT, who is avery engaging and informative speaker. The Webinar is free and open to anyone at U.Va., one of the percs of our membership in the Mid-Atlantic Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC); you will need to register—see the attachment for details.
At the University of Virginia, we endeavor to provide an excellent education, create new knowledge, encourage innovation and promote a culture of integrity and equity. The NSF ADVANCE grant, and the programs that will come out of it, are an investment in our future. They provide opportunity and means for all members of our community to participate in realigning our current culture and demographics with our most deeply held ideals and values. With women’s increased Ph.D. attainment in STEM-SBE fields, hiring the highest quality faculty requires that we broaden our networks to attract the best. Both our fundamental commitment to fairness and equity, as well as academic rigor, require that we develop and retain our increasingly diverse faculty. We can only be at our best through the creative problem solving that comes with diverse groups of thinkers. Broadening the participation of women in STEM-SBE fields will strengthen the University’s ability to compete in the increasingly global environment of higher education. U.Va. ADVANCE will better enable us to achieve our aspirations as an inclusive institution, to ensure that all individuals, regardless of their gender, have the opportunity to excel.
This is an ambitious effort that will require the assistance of many! If you are interested in getting involved, we welcome your participation. Please send an email to the team at ADVANCE@virginia.edu. Feedback and suggestions are also welcome.
ADVANCE Program | Rice Hall 85 Engineer's Way | P.O. Box 400239 | Charlottesville, VA 22904