THRIVE – Towards Hiring, Resources, Inclusion, Value and Excellence @ECU, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) ADVANCE Adaptation program for just under $1 million. This three-year project is dedicated to removing barriers to the inclusion of all women faculty in STEM, their advancement through rank and into leadership roles on our campus. The activities and outcomes of THRIVE are designed to support all faculty. The objectives of THRIVE are three-fold:
- Build a campus-wide culture of inclusion through multicultural competence professional development for faculty and leaders;
- Create support systems for all women in STEM units including a network of support for those marginalized by race, ethnicity, LGBTQ+ and other minoritized statuses; and
- Implement structural change with a set of accountability practices and incentives for faculty, department chairs, and deans.
National Need for ADVANCE
The NSF ADVANCE program contributes to the National Science Foundation’s goal of a more diverse and capable science and engineering workforce.1 In this solicitation, the NSF ADVANCE program seeks to build on prior NSF ADVANCE work and other research and literature concerning gender, racial, and ethnic equity. The NSF ADVANCE program goal is to broaden the implementation of evidence-based systemic change strategies that promote equity for STEM2 faculty in academic workplaces and the academic profession. The NSF ADVANCE program provides grants to enhance the systemic factors that support equity and inclusion and to mitigate the systemic factors that create inequities in the academic profession and workplaces. Systemic (or organizational) inequities may exist in areas such as policy and practice as well as in organizational culture and climate. Similarly, policies and procedures that do not mitigate implicit bias in hiring, tenure, and promotion decisions could lead to women and racial and ethnic minorities being evaluated less favorably, perpetuating historical under-participation in STEM academic careers and contributing to an academic climate that is not inclusive.
NSF ADVANCE and Other ADVANCE Organizations
- NSF ADVANCE Website
- ADVANCE Overview Brochure (PDF)
- University of North Carolina Chapel Hill- Targeting Equity in Access to Mentoring (TEAM) ADVANCE
- University of Louisville- Advancement through Healthy Empowerment, Networking, and Awareness (ATHENA)
- Marquette University- Moving Beyond Boundaries
- Clarkson University– STEM Leadership, Equity and Advancement of Faculty (STEM LEAF)
- University of North Carolina Greensboro- Spartans Advance