Category: ADVANCE Events

ADVANCE PowerPlay Workshop

Speaking Up: How Department Leaders Can Change the Conversation in the Academic Workplace

Have you ever asked yourself “Why didn’t I say something?” when a friend or colleague said or did something that was biased or uncivil at work? You’re not alone. Deciding whether and how to respond to these moments is complicated. Yet navigating these situations effectively is crucial for academic leaders—including department chairs—who are responsible for creating a respectful climate and culture for everyone in their units.

Limited to just 50 attendees, this dynamic and interactive workshop will teach you what motivates individuals to speak up, the challenges people face when doing so, and strategies for responding that invite self-reflection and constructive dialogue. Attendees will then be invited to apply these strategies directly to resolving everyday incidents of incivility and bias that frequently occur among faculty and staff in the academic workplace.

The discussion will focus on academic leaders’ role in changing the conversation to promote inclusive and respectful workplaces. A team of experienced co-facilitators and professional actors will support active discussion and learning to reinforce using these skills beyond the workshop.

Join us Tuesday, October 4, 2022 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. or 3 – 6 p.m. EST


Project Implicit: A Virtual Session on Implicit Bias

Implicit bias is an automatic reaction we have towards other people. These attitudes and stereotypes can negatively impact our understanding, actions, and decision-making.

We will be hosting a virtual session on implicit bias presented by Sylvia Perry, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology at Northwestern University from Project Implicit. The objectives of the Education Session are to raise awareness of our biases; to explore how researchers measure and understand identity-based biases; and to provide actionable steps that we can take to prevent and mitigate the impact of biases. We invite you to join us for this important discussion about how hidden biases we carry from a lifetime of exposure to cultural attitudes and stereotypes may be influencing our decisions and leading to unintended consequences.

Register Now! We will provide a free copy of the book, “Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People”, by Mahzarin R. Banaji and Anthony G. Greenwald for a limited number of Tech faculty and staff registering for the Project Implicit event on a first come, first served basis. Complimentary copies of the book will be available to pick up in the Tech Bookstore in the MUB. You will receive an email with further instructions regarding pick-up when the books arrive. If you have questions, contact the ADVANCE Office at: (906) 487-2519 or

Seminar: Preparation for Leading in DEI Work for Your Team

Dr. Candy McCorkle currently serves as the Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI. Prior to joining the senior administration of WMU she served as the Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs and the Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Alma College, Alma, MI.  In her more than 20 years in higher education she has served as faculty member, program director and assistant dean. Dr. McCorkle has served regional public universities, private liberal arts colleges, community colleges and taught abroad. She earned her B.A. in Psychology from Wright State University, Dayton, OH, her M.S. in Clinical Psychology from  Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI and her Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI.  Dr. McCorkle has always demonstrated her commitment to moving organizations toward inclusivity.

Following the summer of 2020 many colleges and universities have begun to focus on the diversity, equity and inclusion.  Although this is an admirable focus it is shortsighted because most faculty, staff, administrators and students are not trained in how to integrate diversity, equity and inclusion into their work.  It is the purpose of this presentation to introduce participants to some of the competencies necessary for effectively engaging in diversity, equity and inclusion work.

The five basic skills will be explored and demonstrated how to use them to build the foundations of effectively engaging in diversity, equity and inclusion work. Individuals are more apt to engage in work when they feel they have the skills necessary to begin the work. It is the objective that upon the conclusion of this presentation individuals will be able to identify, describe and implement the five basic skills to begin leading their team in diversity, equity and inclusion work.

This seminar is virtual, and will be held Friday, Dec. 3 from 1-2pm Eastern Time. The zoom link is A Diversity and Inclusion Guidebook is also available for download/reading at Dr. McCorkle has also agreed to do a very limited number of one-on-one sessions after the seminar, which are by sign up only here.

As always, please feel free to contact the ADVANCE office at if you have any questions or concerns!

Women Also Know Stuff presentation with Dr. Nadia Brown

Picture is of Dr. Nadia Brown from Georgetown University
Dr. Nadia Brown, Professor of Government, chair of the Women’s and Gender Studies program, and affiliate in the African American Studies program at Georgetown University

WMU, in collaboration with Michigan Technological University, Iowa State University, and North Dakota State University, is hosting a virtual presentation and Q&A to enhance awareness of gender bias and continued lack of diversity in STEM fields. This event will take place Thursday, October 7 at 7 p.m. EDT. RSVP:

Women Also Know Stuff(WAKS) works to highlight the expertise of women and thus push back against implicit gender bias. The organization aims to connect expert women in political science with professional networking opportunities, while also making it easy for those seeking experts, including journalists, to find women experts in any given subfield of political science. Join Dr. Nadia Brown for a virtual presentation and Q&A detailing what WAKS did and is doing to increase gender diversity in political science.

Come Together: Building an Equitable Department Where Faculty Want to Work and Stay

The Department Chair Professional Development Workshop Series aims to strengthen the abilities of department chairs to lead change by cultivating inclusive and supportive work environments for all faculty.  Workshops will address the challenges of faculty evaluation, department culture, work-life integration, and diversity, equity and inclusion, with appropriate attention to the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on faculty careers.  Facilitated workshop sessions are open to chairs from all four campuses as a way to share cross-institutional best practices.  

Our virtual workshop is titled Come Together:  Building an Equitable Department Where Faculty Want to Work and Stay.  To accommodate schedules, this facilitated workshop is offered on two separate dates:

Department chairs are invited to sign up for one of the two workshop dates using the corresponding registration links.  Workshop materials will be provided closer to the workshop date. 

Institutional Contacts:

For general information, please contact: Katharine Hensley, ISU Faculty Success Coordinator at

A&A Session for Chairs/Unit Leaders

During Academic Forum on Wednesday, it was mentioned that the ombudsperson talks to ~2 faculty per week.  This rate is consistent with results from Michigan Tech’s Work, Live, Learn Survey which found that 31.6% of women disagreed or strongly disagreed with the statement that they felt supported and mentored during the tenure-track years or the 22.4% who don’t feel valued by their department chair/school dean.  I know each of you care about your faculty so these findings are disturbing.  

Crafting positive climates so that everyone is valued and feels part of a supportive team relies upon broad engagement of all faculty in a unit and the chair can help influence this.  That is why ADVANCE has adapted the Advocates & Allies program to offer a learning environment led by peers.  As a Department Chair, have you been concerned about your unit’s community and cohesiveness over the last year?  Have you wondered about interactions between your faculty in the area of diversity, equity, and inclusion? or related to the University Senate’s Proposal 41-21?  

Research has revealed that retention of faculty is closely coupled with how included individuals feel and that attracting new faculty is closely coupled with how well systems ensure equity is embraced within a unit.  Our diversity counts illustrate that Michigan Tech is one of the least diverse campuses in the nation (second resource here).  All of this can be intimidating, but the NSF ADVANCE effort on campus would like to help with a one-hour educational session from the Advocates & Allies (A&A) program.   A&A sessions provide the data and research, starting from the beginning, that enables individuals to gain perspectives and help them become allies for the success and inclusion of non-majority individuals. 

THIS EVENT WAS POSTPONED. Through a department chairs only session, we’d like you to preview this program and consider inviting us to present to your department.  This session will be presented by our Advocates Team in coordination with the ADVANCE Academy for Responsive Leadership.  Please RSVP  and join us on Wednesday, March 31st from 4 to 5.

THIS EVENT WAS POSTPONED. When: Mar 31, 2021 04:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) Register in advance for this meeting:  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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

  • 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 STEM

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

GLRC and ADVANCE Co-Sponsor Virtual Coffee Hour for World Water Day

Michigan Tech’s Great Lakes Research Center and the ADVANCE Initiative are co-sponsoring two virtual coffee hours next week with World Water Day Keynote Dr. Joellen Russell. Coffee Hours will be held via Zoom. Bring your own coffee. Zoom Links are below.

3/23 at 9am:

3/24 at 10am:

Upcoming Leadership Panel

ADVANCE at Michigan Tech is happy to co-advertise a panel sponsored by WIA on academic leadership. Panelists include: Kim Ogden, Adrienne Minerick, and Audra Morse. Kim Ogden is Interim VPR at University of Arizona, President of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and lead of a USDA research center. Adrienne Minerick is the Dean of the College of Computing and Audra Morse is the Chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. The panel will be discussing the various pathways to leadership and how to prepare yourself to take on leadership roles.

The event will be held in MUB Alumni Lounge A on Jan 17 from 10-11AM.