Gretchin Hein Receives Award from SWE

Gretchen Hein (MMET) is the recipient of a major award from the world’s largest advocate and catalyst for change for women in engineering and technology.

During ceremonies held online earlier this month, Hein was honored by the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), with the SWE Outstanding Advisor Award. 

Hein is a senior lecturer in the Department of Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology and has served as SWE’s Academic Advisor for many years. In March 2019, Hein attended SWE’s Congressional Outreach Days in Washington, DC where she discussed STEM education and inclusion of underrepresented groups with U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters and U.S. Rep. Jack Bergman. 

This is not the first honor bestowed on Hein. In February, she was awarded a Faculty Award at MTU’s 2020 Fraternity and Sorority Life Awards Ceremony. She has been recognized by advising an eCYBERMISSION national winning team by the National Science Teachers Association and in 2017 was named a Positive Female Role Model by Michigan Tech’s Center for Diversity and Inclusion. 

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November 13, 2020 ADVANCE Weekly Roundup

Future faculty are the students at colleges and universities today. The bias in selection for success changes the demographics of potential faculty. The student debt crisis in the United States continues to rise to unprecedented levels with total student debt totalling in excess of $1.5 trillion. The burden of borrowing to finance higher education is not equitably distributed. Today’s edition of the ADVANCE Weekly Roundup focuses on the impacts of “Borrowing While Black” and the factors that exacerbate the student debt crisis for Black Students. An emphasis on addressing this crisis can ensure that the benefits of college are more equitably distributed including that future faculty will be more diverse.

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November 6, 2020 ADVANCE Weekly Roundup

Invisibility. Both gender and sexual minorities in STEM experience invisibility on a regular basis at their universities, in their laboratories, and even in the classroom. To alleviate these inequities and foster an environment of inclusion within the STEM community, it is important to listen to the “invisible” voices. In today’s edition of the ADVANCE Weekly Roundup, we highlight a recent article in Nature that amplifies some of these voices and their expectations for how they would like to be welcomed and included in STEM. We hope that you’ll read this article and join us in redoubling efforts to ensure that no one feels invisible in the Michigan Tech commUNITY.

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October 30, 2020 ADVANCE Weekly Roundup

If the weather of late has told us anything it’s that Heikke Lunta has awakened. With winter weather just around the corner and COVID-19 disruptions continuing, ADVANCE at Michigan Tech dedicates this week’s edition of the ADVANCE Weekly Roundup to the updated University policy on Children in the  Workplace. This policy has been updated in recent years and we encourage employees to be aware of both this policy as well as policies regarding visitors under the MTU Flex plan.

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Baird Elected President of ACHS

ADVANCE at Michigan Tech would like to extend their congratulations to Melissa Baird (SS) for being elected president of the Associate of Critical Heritage Studies (ACHS). See the story which was published by Social Sciences in the October 29 edition of Tech Today below.
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Baird Elected President of ACHS

by Social Sciences


Melissa Baird (SS), associate professor of anthropology, has been elected president of the Association of Critical Heritage Studies (ACHS) at its biennial conference (virtual) in London in August.

ACHS is an international association for the study of heritage and serves more than 1,600 members in more than 100 countries. The Association includes chapters across the globe, as well as professional and early-career networks. ACHS publishes a quarterly newsletter, provides awards and hosts a biennial conference to bring together people in the interdisciplinary field of heritage studies.

Baird will serve as the ACHS President until the end of its 2022 conference in Santiago, Chile.


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.