Category: ADVANCE Events

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:https://michigantech.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcvdumqqj8jEtKTYYe0ArOPrzgqPUpuUOuE  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 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


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.


Call for Applications- Advocates and Allies Advisory Board and Advocates Team

To make campus culture more equitable for all, the ADVANCE team would like to open a call for applications for the Advocates and Allies Advisory Board and the Advocates team. Information about each has been included below. Feel free to reach out to us with any questions.
Advocates and Allies Advisory Board
This group of women, minorities, and gender diverse individuals will work with the NSF-funded ADVANCE team to select, train, and advise the Advocates Team working to make our campus culture more inclusive by advancing knowledge and allyship. Selection preference will be given to those who can represent multiple groups on campus (eg: Grad Faculty Council and the College of Engineering) Applications due Dec. 16, 2019
Advocates Team
This group of men will work closely with the NSF-funded ADVANCE initiative and the Advocates and Allies Advisory Board (AAAB) to make our campus culture more inclusive by advancing knowledge and allyship. Advocates will be expected to participate in program development and delivery while executing Personal Action Plans related to equity issues on campus. Applications due Jan. 20, 2020
How To Apply
Interested individuals should complete our Google Form and upload a CV/Resume and a 2000 character max. description of advocacy experience/vision.


Advocates and Allies Workshop Coming October 17 and 18

We need YOUR help to improve gender equity at Michigan Tech and invite you to join us for a workshop on October 17 or 18, 2019. The Advocates and Allies program, which originated at North Dakota State University has been adapted at numerous institutions around the nation and is now being adapted at Michigan Tech. This workshop is a part of Michigan Tech’s NSF funded ADVANCE Initiative and will be facilitated by Dr. Roger Green and Dr. Christi McGeorge from North Dakota State University and Dr. Robert Gordon from Auburn University.

Over the course of October 17 and 18 we will be holding the workshop three times in an effort to meet everyone’s schedule. During each workshop, there will be two concurrent sessions: one for men to work towards becoming advocates for gender equity and one for women and gender diverse individuals to discuss the issues they face related to gender equity. The workshops will be held in the Memorial Union Building Ballroom A from 9:30AM to 11:30AM and 1:00PM to 3:00PM on October 17 and from 8:30AM to 10:30AM on October 18. Refreshments will be served and attendance will be recorded in your Digital Measures if you bring your Michigan Tech ID.

More information about the event is available at www.mtu.edu/advance/advocates-and-allies.

If you have questions about this program, please contact the ADVANCE office at the information below. If you are interested in attending this event, please use our RSVP form below so that we can be sure to have adequate space.

RSVP Link: https://forms.gle/VYY9r5rCGFbASQ1A8

Contact ADVANCE

Email: advance-mtu@mtu.edu

Phone: 906-487-2519

In Person: Library 102B (Mon-Thurs. 7:30am-3:30pm, or by appointment)


REMINDER: Advanced Career Management Kickoff Event THIS WEEK!!!!

Looking to enrich your career? Advanced Career Management (ACM) is a career development program for all Associate Professors funded by the NSF ADVANCE Adaptation grant. The kickoff event is Tuesday September 17, 2019 in the Memorial Union Building, Ballroom B from 9-11am. Attendance at the entire event is not mandatory. Be sure to bring your Michigan Tech ID to the event to receive credit in Digital Measures.

If you anticipate being able to attend, please RSVP using our Google Form.

The ACM program is designed to facilitate guided career self-development focused on three major trajectories: Leadership, Research Intensive, and Research, Service, and Teaching (RST) Balance. Throughout the course of the 2019-2020 academic year, ACM will host a series of workshops, panels, and career guidance affinity groups.

For more information, visit the Michigan Tech ADVANCE website (www.mtu.edu/advance), stop by the ADVANCE Resource Center in Library 102B, Monday-Thursday between 8AM and 3:30PM, or email advance-mtu@mtu.edu.


Advanced Career Management Kickoff- September 17, 2019

Looking to enrich your career? Advanced Career Management (ACM) is a career development program for all Associate Professors funded by the NSF ADVANCE Adaptation grant. The kickoff event is Tuesday September 17, 2019 in the Memorial Union Building, Ballroom B from 9-11am. Attendance at the entire event is not mandatory. Be sure to bring your Michigan Tech ID to the event to receive credit in Digital Measures.

If you anticipate being able to attend, please RSVP using our Google Form.

The ACM program is designed to facilitate guided career self-development focused on three major trajectories: Leadership, Research Intensive, and Research, Service, and Teaching (RST) Balance. Throughout the course of the 2019-2020 academic year, ACM will host a series of workshops, panels, and career guidance affinity groups.

For more information, visit the Michigan Tech ADVANCE website (www.mtu.edu/advance), stop by the ADVANCE Resource Center in Library 102B, Monday-Thursday between 8AM and 3:30PM, or email advance-mtu@mtu.edu.