October 23, 2020 ADVANCE Weekly Roundup

Paid time off, generous raises, bonuses, and even free coffee. Each of these are tools used by employers to improve retention. However, these mechanisms don’t address the concerns of the employee who doesn’t feel comfortable in their work environment. Without knowing and addressing the reasons an employee may feel excluded, other measures to increase retention are for naught. Today’s ADVANCE Weekly Roundup article comes from the Harvard Business Review and emphasizes the importance of fostering an inclusive workplace environment on retention of employees.

Today’s feature was shared with us by Michael Olson. If you have an article you think we should feature, please email it to advance-mtu@mtu.edu and we will consider adding it to the ADVANCE Weekly Roundup.

The ADVANCE Weekly Roundup is brought to you by ADVANCE at Michigan Tech, which is an NSF-funded initiative dedicated to improving faculty career success, retention, diversity, equity, and inclusion. These articles are available on the ADVANCE Newsblog (https://blogs.mtu.edu/advance/). To learn more about this week’s topic, our mission, programming efforts, and to check out our growing collection of resources, contact us at (advance-mtu@mtu.edu) or visit our website: www.mtu.edu/advance.


October 16, 2020 ADVANCE Weekly Roundup

In politics, much like in academe, women are underrepresented in positions of power. The root causes of this underrepresentation have been attributed to a leaky pipeline and harassment. This week’s edition of the ADVANCE Weekly Roundup highlights a study that investigated the underlying mechanisms that lead to disproportionate gendered representation in politics. The article suggests that to close the gap of disparity, we as a nation need to not only encourage more women and ethnic/racial minorities to run for public office, but to also take dedicated steps to relieve added burdens that come with campaigning and holding political office.

Today’s feature was shared with us from the women-fac listserv. If you have an article you think we should feature, please email it to advance-mtu@mtu.edu and we will consider adding it to the ADVANCE Weekly Roundup.

The ADVANCE Weekly Roundup is brought to you by ADVANCE at Michigan Tech, which is an NSF-funded initiative dedicated to improving faculty career success, retention, diversity, equity, and inclusion. These articles are available on the ADVANCE Newsblog (https://blogs.mtu.edu/advance/). To learn more about this week’s topic, our mission, programming efforts, and to check out our growing collection of resources, contact us at (advance-mtu@mtu.edu) or visit our website: www.mtu.edu/advance.


October 9, 2020 ADVANCE Weekly Roundup

Dear Campus Community,

Racial equity has been at the forefront of national news for the last several months following the murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd. Achieving racial equity on a national scale has to start small and must include equity in the workplace.

Did you know that almost ⅓ of American workers do not feel safe voicing their opinions about racial bias in the workplace? Or that 52% of Black American workers believe they have been treated unfairly at work because of their race compared to only 4% of white workers? These statistics and many more from SHRM’s Together Forward @ Work campaign show precisely why it is important to engage in discussions about race and racial equity in the workplace.

The ADVANCE team is asking you to step-up and lead the way in ensuring that the workplace at Michigan Tech is one of inclusivity and equity for people of all races. Today, we’re asking that each of you Take The Pledge to create an inclusive and equitable workplace.  When you take the pledge, please write your commitment or “I pledge” on your hand, take a photo of it and share the photo and your pledge statement (see example attached) with us via email (advance-mtu@mtu.edu). Our campus leaders were asked to sign on to this pledge last week. You can view their pledges via this link.We will be anonymously compiling their pledges and yours to create a collage to share in conjunction with University Marketing and Communications through our networks and on Twitter with #TogetherForwardAtWork to show the world that Michigan Tech is dedicated to creating not just any future, but one of diversity, equity and inclusion.

If you have any questions about this project or would like to become involved in ADVANCE programming, we encourage you to reach out.

Regards,
The ADVANCE Team
Adrienne, Sonia, Patty, Andrew, Brad, Betsy, and Karen

Today’s feature was shared with us by Michael Olson, a member of our Advocates and Allies programs Advocates Group-a team of men dedicated to designing and facilitating workshops on equity at Michigan Tech. If you have an article you think we should feature, please email it to advance-mtu@mtu.edu and we will consider adding it to the ADVANCE Weekly Roundup.

The ADVANCE Weekly Roundup is brought to you by ADVANCE at Michigan Tech, which is an NSF-funded initiative dedicated to improving faculty career success, retention, diversity, equity, and inclusion. These articles are available on the ADVANCE Newsblog (https://blogs.mtu.edu/advance/). To learn more about this week’s topic, our mission, programming efforts, and to check out our growing collection of resources, contact us at (advance-mtu@mtu.edu) or visit our website: www.mtu.edu/advance.


October 2, 2020 ADVANCE Weekly Roundup

A recent Presidential Executive Order and Office of Management and Budgets memorandum are critical of diversity training. In this week’s ADVANCE Weekly Roundup we are sharing an article which highlights research done on the effectiveness of diversity training. The article notes numerous studies that find that diversity training coupled with institutional action  can result in positive systemic change. ADVANCE at Michigan Tech is constantly learning from other programs and the literature with regards to diversity programming. We will continue to work alongside the University administration to offer programming that enhances the culture of the Michigan Tech community.

If you have an article you think we should feature, please email it to advance-mtu@mtu.edu and we will consider adding it to the ADVANCE Weekly Roundup.

The ADVANCE Weekly Roundup is brought to you by ADVANCE at Michigan Tech, which is an NSF-funded initiative dedicated to improving faculty career success, retention, diversity, equity, and inclusion. These articles are available on the ADVANCE Newsblog (https://blogs.mtu.edu/advance/). To learn more about this week’s topic, our mission, programming efforts, and to check out our growing collection of resources, contact us at (advance-mtu@mtu.edu) or visit our website: www.mtu.edu/advance.


September 25, 2020 ADVANCE Weekly Roundup

Lack of transparency is a primary complaint nationally among faculty who experience inequitable workloads. A potential solution is the development of faculty work activity dashboards organized at the departmental or college level. These dashboards can assist in identifying and correcting equity issues within your unit. Today’s Weekly Roundup features research from ADVANCE programs at the University of Maryland and University of Massachusetts, Amherst that breaks down the development and execution of these faculty work activity dashboards. ADVANCE at Michigan Tech supports the development of faculty work activity dashboards, such as providing assistance in identifying appropriate content, identifying areas of inequity, or resolving inequities which may be identified as a result of implementing these dashboards.

Today’s article was shared by Patty Sotirin, Professor of Communication in the Department of Humanities. If you have an article you think we should feature, please email it to advance-mtu@mtu.edu and we will consider adding it to the ADVANCE Weekly Roundup.

The ADVANCE Weekly Roundup is brought to you by ADVANCE at Michigan Tech, which is an NSF-funded initiative dedicated to improving faculty career success, retention, diversity, equity, and inclusion. These articles are available on the ADVANCE Newsblog (https://blogs.mtu.edu/advance/). To learn more about this week’s topic, our mission, programming efforts, and to check out our growing collection of resources, contact us at (advance-mtu@mtu.edu) or visit our website: www.mtu.edu/advance.


ADVANCE Weekly Roundup- September 18, 2020

While the representation of women and minorities in higher education administrator roles is climbing, these individuals still face significant discrepancies in pay. Representation in primary roles is lower than in supporting administrative roles. “Women are paid less than men in nearly all administrative positions, as are people of color,” which is linked to how much value the person is perceived as contributing.  This week’s ADVANCE weekly roundup article sheds light on these pay and seniority gaps in higher education administration.

The ADVANCE Weekly Roundup is brought to you by ADVANCE at Michigan Tech, which is an NSF-funded initiative dedicated to improving faculty career success, retention, diversity, equity, and inclusion.  Contact us to learn more about this week’s topic, our mission, programming efforts, and to check out our growing collection of resources. (advance-mtu@mtu.edu, website: www.mtu.edu/advance).


New Funding for Michigan Tech Faculty!

ADVANCE at Michigan Tech would like to extend their congratulations to Gordon Parker (ME-EM/AIM) and Chunxiu Yu (BioSci/HRI) for their new funding. See the story which was published by Sponsored Programs in the September 16 edition of Tech Today below.

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Gordon Parker (ME-EM/AIM) is the principal investigator on a project that received a $49,999 research and development Co-op/Joint Agreement-Cost from the US Dept of Defense, Army Research Lab.

The project is entitled, “Optimal and Machine Learning Management of Energy Networks.” This is the first year of a potential three-year project.

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Chunxiu Yu (BioSci/HRI) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $463,747 research and development grant from the National Institutes of Health.

The project is entitled, “Functional Dissection of Neural Circuitry in Temporally Patterned Deep Brain Stimulation.” This is a three–year project.


September 11, 2020 ADVANCE Weekly Roundup

Biases, or “the stories we make up about people before we know who they actually are” reinforce unequal treatment of groups of people. Institutions must take specific actions to progress to more welcoming and inclusive environments. This week’s ADVANCE Weekly Roundup features an article in Nature that highlights 5 tips to boost diversity and inclusion as well as a TEDX talk by Verna Myers which emphasizes the importance of acknowledging biases and steps to overcome them.

Today’s article was shared by the ADVANCE Midwestern Partnership For STEM Faculty Success. If you have an article you think we should feature, please email it to advance-mtu@mtu.edu and we will consider adding it to the ADVANCE Weekly Roundup.

The ADVANCE Weekly Roundup is brought to you by ADVANCE at Michigan Tech, which is an NSF-funded initiative dedicated to improving faculty career success, retention, diversity, equity, and inclusion. These articles are available on the ADVANCE Newsblog (https://blogs.mtu.edu/advance/). To learn more about this week’s topic, our mission, programming efforts, and to check out our growing collection of resources, contact us at (advance-mtu@mtu.edu) or visit our website: www.mtu.edu/advance.


New Funding for Michigan Tech Faculty!

ADVANCE at Michigan Tech would like to extend their congratulations to Qingli Dai (CEE/MTTI) for their new funding See the story which was published by Sponsored Programs in the September 10 edition of Tech Today below.

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Qingli Dai (CEE/MTTI) is the principal investigator on a project that received an $85,000 research and development grant from the Midland County Road Commission.

The project is entitled, “New Techniques for Producing Durable Fiber-Reinforced Concrete Used in Structure Applications.”

Zhanping You (CEE/MTTI) is the Co-PI on this 27-month project.


New Funding for Michigan Tech Faculty!

ADVANCE at Michigan Tech would like to extend their congratulations to Petra Hyentemeyer (Physics/EPSSI) for their new funding See the story which was published by Sponsored Programs in the September 9 edition of Tech Today below.

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Petra Huentemeyer (Physics/EPSSI) is the principal investigator on a project that has received an $860,003 research and development grant from the National Science Foundation.

The project is entitled, “WoU-MMA: The Southern Wide-Field Gamma-Ray Ovservatory (SWGO): R&D for a Next-Generation Ground-Based Survey Instrument for VHE Gamma-Ray Astronomy.”

This is a three-year project.