Category: ADVANCE Weekly Roundup

July 10, 2020 ADVANCE Weekly Roundup

In business, diverse perspectives are known to drive innovation and profitability. Diverse perspectives drive innovation in all aspects of academia as well. A recent study emphasizes these innovations in the research arena and also highlights the fact that novel contributions by gender and ethnic minorities in academia are not as readily adopted by their peers. Today’s edition of the ADVANCE Weekly Roundup summarizes this study and highlights key areas where inequities exist.Counter academic inequities by reading and citing articles such as these.

https://insidehighered.com/news/2020/04/16/underrepresented-scholars-outperform-majority-peers-terms-novel-research

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.  This article and previous archived articles are available on the ADVANCE Newsblog. 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.


July 6, 2020 ADVANCE Weekly Roundup

Best practices in inclusive hiring often involve a series of checks and balances. However, postdoctoral positions such as Postdoctoral Researcher, Research Scientist, and Research Engineers are often reviewed only by the Principal Investigator without these checks and balances. A study from Florida International University investigated the presence of bias in postdoctoral application reviews based on name and discovered evidence of both racial and gender bias. This edition of the Weekly Roundup emphasizes the need for rethinking the evaluation processes for postdoc applications.

https://www.sciencemag.org/careers/2019/06/racial-and-gender-biases-plague-postdoc-hiring

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).


June 26, 2020 ADVANCE Weekly Roundup

In recent weeks, the Black Lives Matter movement has demanded action to address systemic racism. This is an inclusive demand; it means that we need to bring the voices of all oppressed people to the table. This week, for our ADVANCE Weekly Roundup, we’re featuring an article that highlights the desire for indigenous voices to be heard and included in the anti-racism talks that are ongoing in the wake of continued resistance to the status quo. With Native representation in academic faculty even lower than black representation and our regional demographics, we feel these conversations and proactive inclusion activities are important. 

https://www.voanews.com/usa/nation-turmoil-george-floyd-protests/native-americans-want-be-included-race-talks?fbclid=IwAR0O-Kn22LPe3a-06G-Fzd9v9u1DvhYHa_cvnjvvbwElCJvJoJZoI6iYh0o

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).


June 18, 2020 ADVANCE Weekly Roundup

If you read your American history book, you’ll be told that the Emancipation Proclamation of 1862 effectively freed those enslaved in the Confederacy. The reality is that true emancipation did not come for another 3 years. On June 19, 1865, now referred to as Juneteenth, enforcement of Abraham Lincoln’s executive order finally reached Galveston, TX and liberated the last remaining slaves. Tomorrow is Juneteenth and in recognition of this, today’s ADVANCE Weekly Roundup features the Academics for Black Survival and Wellness Week activities beginning today. We encourage you to visit the website below, attend one or more of the virtual activities throughout the week, and learn more about what you can do to promote and adopt anti-racism actions for our students and our community.

https://www.academics4blacklives.com/

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).


June 12, ADVANCE Weekly Roundup

As we transition back to campus and embark on a new normalcy before fall, it is critically important that we remember that while all in academia were impacted by the pandemic, not everyone shouldered the burden equally. The literature suggests that extra household burdens likely impacted the productivity of  women, especially women of color the most.  This week’s ADVANCE Weekly Roundup article focuses on how women faculty of color have shouldered the burden during the pandemic and suggests ways in which we can begin to mitigate these added impacts to productivity.

https://insidehighered.com/views/2020/05/13/ensuring-pandemic-doesnt-negatively-impact-women-stem-especially-those-color

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).


June 8, 2020 ADVANCE Weekly Roundup: Special Edition

If you have been following the news recently, you have probably heard the term systemic racism. Maybe you already know what systemic racism is and if that’s the case then we hope that you’re using your knowledge to help educate those around you and actively support changes to the system. But if you’re not quite sure what systemic racism is or maybe you aren’t quite convinced it’s real, we’d like to offer some compelling arguments for your consideration. In place of our usual article, this week we would like to share a few short videos. Each of these videos explains how systemic racism works and provides examples of how and where you can observe it in everyday life. We hope that you’ll take the time to watch these videos, think critically, and act to end systemic racism in America.

https://www.raceforward.org/videos/systemic-racism?emci=dab5cc59-41a4-ea11-9b05-00155d03b5dd&emdi=7ef78950-21a5-ea11-9b05-00155d0394bb&ceid=1493317

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)


June 5, 2020 ADVANCE Weekly Roundup

Across the nation, we are seeing protests against police brutality that are being held in the name of equity and equal treatment under the law. These demonstrations are the visible part of the iceberg; the key point is that all of us are responsible for pervasive racism and changing the systems that perpetuate it. For example, efforts to increase campus equity are ineffective without addressing systems that perpetuate exclusion. Without intentional inclusion, diversity is not enough. Today’s edition of the ADVANCE Weekly Roundup highlights a study from 2017 that underscores the importance of inclusion in our diversity initiatives if we want to ensure lasting change and success.

https://services.lib.mtu.edu:6379/content/357/6356/1101

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).


May 29, 2020 ADVANCE Weekly Roundup

In many situations, whether during the hiring process, choosing invited speakers or making nominations for prizes/awards, our unconscious biases can have a great impact.  These unconscious or unintentional decisions are known as implicit biases. We all have them and what is important is how we work to consciously mitigate effects of the biases. This week’s article for the ADVANCE Weekly Roundup was written by the Mathematical Association of America and highlights ways we can think about and mitigate our implicit biases in commonplace occurrences in academia.

https://www.maa.org/sites/default/files/pdf/ABOUTMAA/avoiding_implicit_bias.pdf

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).


May 22, 2020 ADVANCE Weekly Roundup

Intersectionality explores the interconnected nature of social identities such as race, class, and gender both in how they apply to an individual or group and in how they create interdependent systems of disadvantage. These overlapping social identities can accumulate disadvantage under normal circumstances but when compounded with the unique circumstances thrust upon us by COVID-19, the accumulation of disadvantage is exacerbated. This week’s ADVANCE Weekly Roundup article shares the perspective of a self-identified “black mother scholar of black-Chinese children” and highlights the compounding nature of the inequalities, especially those magnified by the pandemic.

https://www.insidehighered.com/advice/2020/05/08/added-challenges-dealing-race-and-gender-issues-during-pandemic-opinion?utm_source=Inside+Higher+Ed&utm_campaign=5d7e5bcd97-DiversityMatters_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1fcbc04421-5d7e5bcd97-198514129&mc_cid=5d7e5bcd97&mc_eid=e2ce04109d

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, or to check out our growing collection of resources. (advance-mtu@mtu.edu, website: www.mtu.edu/advance).


May 15, 2020 ADVANCE Weekly Roundup

Microaggressions, often stemming from implicit bias, may not always be recognized by the aggressor. When microaggressions are not addressed appropriately, they perpetuate, harm individuals, and become increasingly ignored. To prevent this, it is important to know how and when to step up and address microaggressions. This week’s edition of the ADVANCE Weekly Roundup introduces the R.A.V.E.N. framework for responding to microaggressions. Please take the time to read, analyze, and adopt the R.A.V.E.N. framework so you are prepared to address microaggressions and improve our campus climate so that everyone can excel. 

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, or to check out our growing collection of resources. (advance-mtu@mtu.edu, website: www.mtu.edu/advance).