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ADVANCE Design Sessions

About the series

Purpose:  Inform the design of an ADVANCE program track to address STEM discipline-specific organizational barriers to gender and racial/ethnic equity for STEM faculty. 

Who: NSF program officers, managers, science assistants, data analysts, and fellows are invited.


  • Identify gender and race/ethnicity inequities for STEM faculty within the disciplines
  • Identify catalysts and challenges for mitigating and eliminating these inequities
  • Develop ideas to inspire disciplinary communities to take up these inequity challenges

When:  If possible attend the date below for your directorate and bring a colleague with you.  Both sessions will be the same format so you only need to attend one:

Session 1: June 22, 2018 10am to 11:30am room W2160

  • Targeted directorates CISE, ENG, GEO, and NSF offices

Session 2: June 25, 2018 10am to 11:30am room W2190

  • Targeted directorates BIO, MPS, SBE and EHR

Please RSVP to the meeting invites that will be sent out so we can get a head count and group people by discipline area when possible.


Inequity - Injustice or unfairness.

  • Inequities can exist within an organization (or system) even when there is full representation of individuals historically underrepresented in STEM.
  • Equity is not the same as broadening participation in STEM which is about increasing numbers.

Organizational barriers can include the policies, procedures, and practices - written and unwritten - of an organization.  The organizational culture & climate are also organizational factors that can impact equity and inclusion.

  • Organizational culture is a system of shared assumptions, values, and beliefs, which governs how people behave in organizations. These shared values have a strong influence on people in the organization and can dictate how they dress, act, and implement their jobs.
  • The organizational climate derives from the aspects of the organization that are observed and perceived by people and that influence people’s actions and job performance. 

Additional events in this series

June 25, 2018, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.