Tag: STEM

ADVANCE Weekly Roundup: NSF NCSES tracked diversity gains over the last decade – more needed

A statistical abstract report from the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics at the National Science Foundation highlights that women holding academic jobs in science, engineering and health fields increased from 26% in 1999 to 39% in 2019, and underrepresented minorities now hold 9%.

While we should celebrate these improvements, the reality is that these percentages remain far below the representation of women and underrepresented minorities in the U.S. population. In addition, the report indicates scientists and engineers with one or more disabilities receive lower funding for graduate school and have a higher unemployment rate than that of the U.S. labor force.

Workplace climate, equitable resources, workload and recognition remain at the center of attracting and retaining diverse talent in STEM fields. ADVANCE at Michigan Tech can help with programming, education, and support — contact our team to learn more.

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Juneteenth Tweet Summary

1. In honor of our country’s newest national holiday, Juneteenth, ADVANCE at Michigan Tech will be sharing a new resource each hour (approximately) on Black culture and systemic racism in academia. The complete list will be posted on our blog ADVANCE Newsblog – MTU Blog site for the ADVANCE initiative

2. The BARC (Building an Anti-Racist Classroom) Collective has a Suggested Reading List (https://barcworkshop.org/resources/recommended-reading/…) featuring classics and contemporary work on racism, anti-racism, and decolonizing the academy. Also foster Principled Space in classrooms.

Principled Space

The BARC collective begins each session with a ground-clearing practice that sets a levelled foundation upon which to build our work and relations in the workshop space. Artist and activist Hanalei…

barcworkshop.org

3. See past @AWIS program with Dr. Malika Grayson, author of Hooded: A Black Girl’s Guide to the Ph.D., for a conversation about surviving and thriving in STEM despite experiencing Imposter Syndrome and other challenges.

Whats Next Webinars – AWIS

awis.org

4. Experiences in science are varied. For a perspective that will change the way you think, read Dr. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein’s (54th Black American woman Ph.D. in physics) (http://cprescodweinstein.com/my-origin-story) book, The Disordered Cosmos (https://boldtypebooks.com/titles/chanda-prescod-weinstein/the-disordered-cosmos/9781541724709/… ). #DisorderedCosmos

The Disordered Cosmos

From a star theoretical physicist, a journey into the world of particle physics and the cosmos — and a call for a more just practice of science. In The…

boldtypebooks.com

5. A community group is reading the book, “The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together” by Heather McGhee. Author interview podcast on NPR helps summarize discriminatory laws and practices that negatively impact society.

‘Sum Of Us’ Examines The Hidden Cost Of Racism — For Everyone

Author Heather McGhee draws on a wealth of economic data to make the case that discriminatory laws and practices that target African Americans also negatively impact society at large.

npr.org

5. Sabrina Nawaz’s in Forbes: “Commit To Inclusion: Establish Anti-Racist Team Norms” 95% of senior managers are white and establish comfy – to them – team norms. Alternatives enable understanding of BIPOC faculty experiences to better position for success

Commit To Inclusion: Establish Anti-Racist Team Norms

If you are looking to get the most out of a diverse team, don’t go it alone. Enlist the help of your team to create inclusive norms that allow everyone to make an ordinary day yield extraordinary…

forbes.com

6. POCSquared offers a blog and podcast dedicated to “putting people of color into the equation” in STEM fields.

Putting People of Colour Into The Equation

poc2.co.uk

7. Great read to learn and understand the difficulties Black scientists continue to face when seeking funding for their research. #fundblackscientist @Lola_UMich @kellystevenslab @KristynMasters @dr_princess @drkahaynes

https://cell.com/cell/pdf/S0092-8674(21)00011-8.pdf
8. Concluding tribute to our newest national holiday, Juneteenth. Let’s support communities & elevate excellence of Black scientist @BlkInEngineering @BlackInBME @BlackInChem @BlackInBiophys @BlackInRobotics @BlackInCardio @BlkInComputing @BlackInCancer @BlackinNanotech @BlackInMath


ADVANCE Weekly Roundup: Documenting the Extent of COVID Career Disruptions

Documenting the impact of the COVID shutdowns during 2020-21 on the productivity and well-being of students and faculty in higher education is critical to responsive efforts toward recovery.  The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine has released a report, Impact of COVID-19 on the Careers of Women in Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, documenting the ways COVID disruptions impacted the careers of women in STEMM. In this brief video based on the report, STEMM women give voice to these impacts. The video resonates with the experiences of many STEMM women and offers insight into the intensity of women’s challenges during COVID and the need for change in the culture of academe itself. Michigan Tech is exploring several measures to provide faculty opportunities to report these impacts on their work including spaces for narratives in Digital Measures, COVID guidelines for Tenure, Promotion, and Reappointment (TPR) committees and reviewers, and adjustments to workloads, tenure clocks, and service expectations. We encourage all to participate in discussions on these measures.  

Today’s feature was shared with us by the ADVANCE PI Team. 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.


ADVANCE Weekly Roundup: Programs to Diversify Role Models in STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and Medicine)

An engineer friend once told my wife that my daughter, who was considering majors in college, was not the right type to be an engineer. Too often, we develop preconceived ideas of what a scientist, engineer, or artist is expected to look like. We use such stereotypes to simplify the complex world around us. This practice becomes harmful when it projects narrow preconceived expectations on others. Teachers and professors who consciously or unconsciously expect different competencies from different genders or races not only constrain their own ability to think creatively and originally in the classroom but they do real harm to the ambitions of students.

Today’s Weekly Roundup focuses on two articles from Science that describe programs that work to widen our expectations and images of what a professional in STEMM (science, technology, engineering, math, and medicine) looks like. And for my engineering friend and the record, my daughter earned a computer engineering degree from the University of Michigan and is in the last year of her PhD in computer science at MIT.  

The first article, “Women innovators become STEM ambassadors for girls,” describes an AAAS program called IF/THEN. It focuses on ambassadors who are selected to become high-profile role models for middle-school girls. One goal is to break down narrow exclusionary ideas of what a scientist or engineer looks like and does. When we show that engineers can be dancers and artists and that scientists can be poets and athletes, we allow young people to see greater opportunity for themselves in STEMM.

The second article describes the contributions of Shirley Malcom who has led the Sea (STEMM Equity Achievement) Change Program, which is supported by AAAS and helps academic institutions identify how they can better serve diverse students and faculty. Sea Change grew out of the 2005 Athena SWAN Charter which was developed to promote greater participation of women in science in the United Kingdom. Malcom adapted and broadened this program to include other underrepresented groups.

Today’s feature was shared with us by David Flaspohler. 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.


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.

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.


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 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 6, 2020 ADVANCE Weekly Roundup

Over the past several weeks, the ADVANCE Weekly Roundup has highlighted the numerous ways in which the pandemic has impacted faculty and their research and teaching efforts. While it is important that we acknowledge these impacts, it is more important that we understand ways in which we can provide support during these trying times. This week’s edition of the ADVANCE Weekly Roundup highlights a recent publication from ASPIRE, The National Alliance For Inclusive & Diverse STEM Faculty, highlights efforts we can undertake to support faculty both during and after the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order without sacrificing all of the progress we’ve made towards a more equitable campus.  Knowledge of the data and resources included in this article can be valuable in communicating and applying policies in an equitable manner.

http://www.mtu.edu/advance/resources/articles-books/supporting-faculty-during-and-after-covid.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, or to check out our growing collection of resources (advance-mtu@mtu.edu, website: www.mtu.edu/advance).