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February 26, 2021 ADVANCE Weekly Roundup

Cultures in academia were established more than a century ago when everyone hailed from the same demographic.  While cultures have slowly evolved, fair treatment according to student/faculty needs have not all been addressed which means inequity remains deeply rooted in academia. Systemic inequities can manifest in a number of ways, including the peer review process. In fact in some journals such as Econometrica, submit-accept times for female authored papers take six months longer to complete peer review (Hengel 2016). Today’s edition of the ADVANCE Weekly Roundup highlights a guest editorial from the Journal of Engineering Education that grapples with the experience of systemic racism in peer review. It recounts the experiences of a Black, engineering education graduate student and her advisor and issues a call to action to confront and overcome systemic inequities in the academy.

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.


February 18 2021 ADVANCE Weekly Roundup

The COVID-19 pandemic has had profound impacts on all aspects of academia. An article from Science reports that recent studies indicate that the pandemic’s impact has hit academic mothers particularly hard. It has exacerbated existing disparities and created further challenges for women, including significant loss of time dedicated to research. Today’s edition of the ADVANCE Weekly Roundup features this article which encourages the use and consideration of COVID-19 impact statements in current and post-pandemic tenure and promotion reviews.

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.


AccessADVANCE Community of Practice: Advancing women with disabilities in academic STEM careers

You are invited to participate in discussions and learn of opportunities to promote the increased participation of women with disabilities in STEM faculty careers.

A collaboration between North Dakota State University and the University of Washington funded by the National Science Foundation, AccessADVANCE aims to increase the participation and advancement of women with disabilities in academic STEM careers.

In the AccessADVANCE Community of Practice (CoP) participants share ideas and assist in the creation and dissemination of resources to encourage others to support women with disabilities. CoP members

  • plan, attend, and recruit others to attend project training and capacity-building opportunities;
  • ensure women with disabilities are invited to events that promote their pursuit of and support in academic STEM career positions;
  • share strategies for making departments more welcoming and accessible to women with disabilities;
  • discuss ways to build productive relationships with disability service offices that serve faculty;
  • recruit women faculty and senior graduate students with disabilities to the e-mentoring community; and
  • share resources.

You and your colleagues can join AccessADVANCE CoP by sending the following information to doit@uw.edu:

  • Name
  • Position/ Job Title
  • Institution
  • Postal Address
  • Email Address


NSF ADVANCE Seminars & Panels: 20 Years of ADVANCE and 30 Years of NSF Broadening Participation in STEM

Throughout the month of March, ADVANCE Institutions from around the country will be hosting seminars and panel presentations. See the list below for more details and registration links. We hope to see you there.

ADVANCE Seminars & Panels: 20 years of ADVANCE and 30 years of NSF Broadening Participation in STEMhttps://www.nsf.gov/events/event_summ.jsp?cntn_id=302062&WT

March 3, 2021 Presentation and Discussion on the StratEGIC toolkit and the 2020 book Building Gender Equity in the Academy: Institutional Strategies for Change

Speakers: Drs. Sandra Laursen, University of Colorado Boulder and Ann Austin, Michigan State University

Register for March 3 12pm to 1:30pm ESTMarch 10, 2021 Faculty Equity in a Time of COVID Panel 

Panelists: Drs. Jessi Smith, University of Colorado Colorado Springs; Leslie Gonzales, Michigan State University; Kimberly Griffin, University of Maryland College Park; and Jeni Hart, University of Missouri

Register for March 10 12pm to 1:30pm ESTMarch 17, 2021 AccessADVANCE Infusing Accessibility into ADVANCE Strategies

Speakers: Drs. Sheryl Burgstahler and Brianna Blaser, University of Washington DO-IT Center

Register for March 17 12pm to 1:30pm EDTMarch 24, 2021  Systemic Change in Minority-Serving Institutions

Panelists: Drs. Marcia Owens, Florida A&M University; Anna Lee, North Carolina A&T University; Stassi DiMaggio, Xavier University; Suzanna Rose, Florida International University; Stephanie Jones, Texas Tech University; and Ala Qubbaj, University of Texas Rio Grade Valley

Register for March 24 2pm to 1:30pm EDTMarch 31, 2021 Presentation and Discussion of the 2018 book An Inclusive Academy: Achieving Diversity and Excellence

Speakers: Drs. Virginia Valian, Hunter College and Abbigail Stewart, University of Michigan

Register for March 31 2pm to 1:30pm EDT


February 12, 2021 ADVANCE Weekly Roundup

Incorrect assumptions on the part of one or both parties during discourse can often push “hot buttons” and devolve an otherwise civil conversation into a conflict. Learning and listening plummets as tensions rise.  When conflict arises, the way in which we respond is far more telling than we may think. Today’s featured article for the ADVANCE Weekly Roundup outlines “7 Steps To Transform Conflict Into Collegiality.” As members of the Michigan Tech CommUNITY how we treat each other during discussions is also important.  Listening to understand, and focusing on the concepts instead of labeling the person, helps us all learn and grow while maintaining collegiality and space for all individuals to thrive.

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.


February 5, 2021 ADVANCE Weekly Roundup

What is white privilege? In some ways, it’s easier to understand what it’s not rather than what it is. It’s not an outright denial that white people have never struggled nor does it assume that everything a white person has accomplished is unearned. Rather, white privilege refers to an ingrained knowledge, often invisible to those who have always had it, that’s distinct from abilities, efforts, or income. That knowledge (or familiarity) allows some to navigate a situation with ease, while those without that prior knowledge struggle.  Today’s edition of the ADVANCE Weekly Roundup comes from tolerance.org and unpacks this “double whammy” term that often inspires pushback. It acknowledges that “white privilege exists because of historic, enduring racism and biases,” explores the history of the term, and offers suggestions for what to do once white privilege has been recognized. This article brings to the forefront a critical concept for furthering diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

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.


Zoom Safety Tips

As we continue to work remotely and rely heavily on Zoom and other videoconferencing apps for meetings, it’s important to always consider safety in our meetings. Below we’ve highlighted an email with Zoom Safety tips shared by the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE) and a story from Inside Higher Ed about a Black PhD candidate’s defense that was Zoom bombed and attendees were subjected to racist slurs. Special thanks for Faith Morrison for sharing these resources with the ADVANCE Team.

Dear NOBCChE Member,

We hope that you have had a strong start to 2021 and have a productive year planned. With the world moving further and further into a virtual environment, NOBCChE Leadership wants you to be safe and to be able to host events without concern for virtual safety.

Recently, a NOBCChE chapter was “Zoom Bombed” with slurs and derogatory speech.  We are working with the proper authorities to identify the culprits.  In the meantime, we are sharing some tips with our NOCChE members to reduce the risk of this happening again and assist in keeping your zoom sessions safe.

1)     Don’t share Zoom information freely on social media. When making flyers for social media advertisement, it’s best to include a contact email for the chapter and then, add the persons interested to a mailing list, so Zoom information is circulated through a more controlled channel.

2)     Set a waiting room. With a waiting room enabled, hosts can control who enters and who has access to controls within the meeting. This way, only those who are associated with the event can be admitted by the meeting host.

3)     Don’t use personal meeting IDs for public events. A personal ID is the default for when you launch zoom and start your meeting. With access to this, someone could potentially join your Zoom sessions, scheduled or not.

4)     Require a passcode. When creating your zoom meeting, setting a passcode is a great first line of defense for the meeting room itself. When creating advertisements, do not put the passcode in the flyer or advertisement until closer to the time of the event to limit sharing of the passcode.

5)     Only allow registered users (optional). When only registered users are allowed to join the event, users must have an account through Zoom and in some cases through an email from the license holding institution to join the meeting. This can be used to restrict entering attendees. (ex: nobcche.org emails would be the only groups admitted to a registered zoom meeting launched through a nobcche.org licensed zoom account.)

We hope that these tips help keep our members safe in this increasingly virtual world in which we reside. Please contact your university or institution’s IT department to get more assistance with Zoom or other supported virtual meeting platform security and safety procedures.

Stay Strong,
NOBCChE Executive Board (Student Rep, Regional chairs, & Officers)


January 28, 2021 ADVANCE Weekly Roundup

Intersectionality, a term coined by Kimberlé Crenshaw in 1989, is a way of understanding social relations by examining intersecting forms of discrimination. Effectively, this means that multiple forms of discrimination such as racism, sexism, and ageism may be present at the same time in a person’s life. Often, efforts to address discrimination focus on one form of  discrimination and overlook the compounding and transformational effect of concurrent forms of oppression. Today’s edition of the ADVANCE Weekly Roundup features a YouTube video entitled “What Is Intersectionality?” that offers a concise overview of the concept. 

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.


Karen Colbert Named 2021 Diversity Scholar for RStudio Virtual Conference

Ms. Karen Colbert , a PhD student in Computational Sciences and Engineering and a graduate research assistant for ADVANCE at Michigan Tech has been selected as a Diversity Scholar for the 2021 RStudio Virtual Conference. 

Ms. Colbert is one of 70 Diversity Scholars selected from around the globe, all of them focused on building skills for teaching and sharing. Ms. Colbert notes that her role as a Diversity Scholar will focus on ways she can use RStudio to help “bridge equity for Native faculty and faculty who serve Tribal communities.” 

A plethora of teaching and user workshops and resources are available through the RStudio network.  Following completion of the Virtual Conference, Ms. Colbert will participate in two online workshops and become part of an enhanced network of scholars and resources, available both before and after the conference.

Ms. Colbert says that a large barrier facing tribal colleges is accessibility and sustainability with regard to costly technology, such as licenses, equipment, and support. Since RStudio is open source and has vast capabilities to perform tasks ranging from web design to reporting to statistical analyses and assessments, Ms. Colbert hopes that learning how to “teach” R will enable her to host workshops for faculty.  She says it may also help her design an interactive course to help those who may be intimidated by programming, and ultimately create a platform to introduce tribal colleges to the data visualization, supercomputing, and cloud computing communities.

 In addition to the equity gaps facing Native faculty, Ms. Colbert  also acknowledged that there are many equity gaps for faculty at all ranks and across institutions, including MIchigan Tech. 

This is where Ms. Colbert’s  connection to ADVANCE at Michigan Tech–and its mission to enhance equity in STEM faculty–comes into play. She hopes that her research, her experiences as a Diversity Scholar, and her position as a graduate research assistant with ADVANCE, will allow her to pursue opportunities to bring resources to all faculty members. 

Further, she will endeavor  to assist faculty in demonstrating “their best work to the world in the most professional way, whether it’s for teaching undergraduates or within our own research.” 

Ms. Colbert believes this goal starts with making tools and resources accessible to everyone. Her ultimate aim is to develop unique R packages as a part of the solution.

Ms. Colbert holds a bachelor of science in electrical engineering and a master of science in Data Science, both from Michigan Tech. She also serves as lead math faculty at Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College, Baraga. Mich., in addition to pursuing her PhD and conducting research. 

ADVANCE is an NSF-funded initiative dedicated to improving faculty career success, retention, diversity, equity, and inclusion. To learn more about our mission, programming efforts, and to check out our growing collection of resources, contact us at advance-mtu@mtu.edu and visit our website at mtu.edu/advance.


ADVANCE at Michigan Tech Statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The ADVANCE PI Team is committed to education and dialogue as critical activities in making equity and inclusion integral to faculty, student , and community life at Michigan Tech. The need for such work is self-evident; the value of such goals for all in our campus community is undeniable. We support the statements from the ADVANCE Advocates Team and the Advocates and Allies Advisory Board and we join them in affirming the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion programs, practices, and policies that engage and educate all members of our community.