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."
ADVANCE Implementation Mentors Network
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.
ENGAGE at ASEE ...
- W442•Panel: Developing Spatial Visualization Skills of First-Year Engineering Students: Focus on Retention
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:
- “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)
- “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
- “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.
- “Allies BLOG”—a BLOG modeling Cross-racial conversation and alliance building
- “WOC ADVANCE Resources”—a website compiling links to ADVANCE PowerPoint presentations on Women of color in the academy
- “Cross-Racial Allies Skill-Building” – Links to articles providing scenarios of cross-racial interactions to help identifying opportunities and apply ally skills
- “Diversity Exercise”—an example Diversity Exercise to compliment the “Portable Presentation”
- “References”—Include detailed reading list and research on Women of Color in the academy
- “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.
- “ADVANCE WOC Program Survey”—an overview of a brief survey of programs offered specifically for Women of Color at ADVANCE institutions