Ways to follow or get involved with AIM

  • If you are an ADVANCE Project Manager,  join our network by contacting us.
  • Users can search the WSKC for "Publications by Funder", selecting "NSF-HRD-ADVANCE" to locate resources related to ADVANCE. 

AIM in the WSKC

Gretal Leibnitz photo

Gretal Leibnitz, Founder of AIM network

"Collaboration with a sister network, the Women Engineers Proactive Network (WEPAN), through the Women in STEM Knowledge Center has afforded an AIM Interest Group site as well as access to an extensive, growing, valuable library of STEM Knowledge Center resources."

About AIM

 ADVANCE Implementation Mentors Network

The AIM network currently consists of more than 80 Program Coordinators/Directors (PC/D's) from over 50 NSF ADVANCE funded programs throughout the United States.  Through the AIM network, PC/D's interact with other coordinators and directors via monthly teleconference meetings and through an email contact list which affords on-demand response and support.  
 The AIM Network has fashioned a community of practice in which ADVANCE project leaders have mentored each other in a warm and inclusive environment which has not only nurtured the  development of individual PC/D's but the national ADVANCE effort in general.


In 2001, the National Science Foundation (NSF) announced a new program to address the underrepresentation of women in science and engineering. Unlike previous programs that had primarily focused on individual women, the ADVANCE program addresses the institutional structures and practices that have differential impacts on women pursuing academic careers. According to the program solicitation, "The goal of the ADVANCE program is to develop systemic approaches to increase the representation and advancement of women in academic science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers, thereby contributing to the development of a more diverse science and engineering workforce."

More than sixty universities have received five-year, multi-million dollar ADVANCE Institutional Transformation grants in six rounds of awards through 2012. These institutions have taken a variety of approaches to transformation, from a focus on hiring more women to preparing women for leadership roles, educating department heads, and revising university policies. Outcomes of the ADVANCE program to date include publications, conference presentations, and websites that document best practices and successful strategies for increasing recruitment, retention, and advancement of women in academic sciences and engineering careers.


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If you are planning to attend the 2014 ASEE Conference, please join us for this panel sponsored by First-Year Programs Division.
Wed. June 18, 2014 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM    Indiana Convention Center, Room 203
Over the past several years, engineering schools participating in NSF funded ENGAGE (EngageEngineering.org) have tried a variety of strategies to work with students with low spatial visualization data.  
Drawing on data from 24 institutions and more than 1000 students, Susan Metz, Sheryl Sorby, Pat Campbell, Nate Delson and Jane Langeman will discuss:
- Impact and efficacy of different strategies to improve student spatial skills
- Lessons learned from the field
- Access to a toolkit to ease delivery of the PSVT:R via learning management systems
- Future development of Developing Spatial Thinking training curriculum
-iPad App that is being tested which enables touch interface technology for spatial skills training
See you in Indy!

About our Women of Color Allies and Partners Toolkit

The Women of Color Allies and Partners Toolkit is designed to provide ADVANCE Implementation Mentors (AIM) Network members with novel tools to be active advocates and allies for STEM women of color at ADVANCE institutions, thus facilitating an academic culture shift in support of the recruitment, retention and advancement of all STEM faculty women.

Available on our public website, http://advanceaimnetwork.org/, the toolkit includes:

  1. “Allies and Partners Webinar”--A recorded Allies and Project webinar co-hosted by the ADVANCE Implementation Mentors (AIM) Network and the Women in Engineering Proactive Network (WEPAN) 
  2. “National Data” –National data from the National Science Foundation, National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics, Survey of Doctorate Recipients, and other resources on women of color in the academy 
  3. “Portable Presentation”—a portable PowerPoint Women of Color Allies and Partners Project presentation, From Barriers to Bridges:  An ADVANCE Dialogues on Women of Color in the Academy and Forging Cross-Racial Alliances,  to assist AIM Program Coordinators/Directors in advocating for institutional change in support of recruitment, retention and advancement of STEM women faculty of color.
  4. “Allies BLOG”—a BLOG modeling Cross-racial conversation and alliance building
  5. “WOC ADVANCE Resources”—a website compiling links to ADVANCE PowerPoint presentations on Women of color in the academy
  6. “Cross-Racial Allies Skill-Building” – Links to articles providing scenarios of cross-racial interactions to help identifying opportunities and apply ally skills
  7. “Diversity Exercise”—an example Diversity Exercise to compliment the “Portable Presentation”
  8. “References”—Include detailed reading list and research on Women of Color in the academy
  9. “Allies Speakers”—a list of speakers who offer presentations about cross-race alliance building and issues related to gender and intersectionality—especially as related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines.
  10. “ADVANCE WOC Program Survey”—an overview of a brief survey of programs offered specifically for Women of Color at ADVANCE institutions