ADVANCE

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About FIU ADVANCE

FIU ADVANCE is supported by a five-year $3.2 million Institutional Transformation grant awarded in 2016 by the National Science Foundation (NSF) for Florida International University to develop innovative organizational change strategies to produce comprehensive change within an academic institution across all STEM disciplines. Provost Kenneth G. Furton serves as the project PI, and Drs. Suzanna Rose, Yesim Darici, Mike Heithaus, and Ranu Jung are ADVANCE Co-PIs.

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FIU ADVANCE is aimed specifically at developing strategies to increase the number of women and minority professors in science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM), and the social and behavioral sciences (SBS) at the university. This grant follows FIU’s successful implementation of the NSF-funded ACE Partnership for Adaptation, Implementation, and Dissemination (PAID): Awareness of, Commitment to, and Empowerment of Women Scientists at FIU in 2011-2014.

FIU ADVANCE is overseen by the Office to Advance Women, Equity & Diversity (AWED) and the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies (CWGS).

Goal and Objectives

The goal of FIU’s ADVANCE program is to develop institutional structures, processes, and climate that build an affirming and fair workplace for women and underrepresented groups.

FIU ADVANCE is guided by four objectives:

  • Attract, recruit, retain, and promote more women STEM faculty, particularly underrepresented minority women, to better reflect the demographics of the FIU student body.
  • Educate faculty about gender-by-ethnic biases and microclimates that affect the advancement of women.
  • Move faculty from insight to action to promote gender equity by developing and implementing an evidence-based intervention program and a university-wide diversity, inclusion, and excellence plan.
  • Develop the ADVANCE Florida Network, a joint steering committee and seminar series for women STEM faculty and postdoctoral fellows comprised of the Florida metropolitan research universities of FIU, University of Central Florida, and University of South Florida.

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The ACE Partnership for Adaptation, Implementation, and Dissemination (PAID): Awareness of, Commitment to, and Empowerment of Women Scientists at FIU.

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant #1106992. Funded by the National Science Foundation, 9/1/11-8/31/14, for the amount of $573,419. The grant is in its 2nd extension year providing leadership training, a stride comm and workshops on faculty hiring.

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(ACE Team, L to R) PI: Suzanna Rose, & Co-PIs: Yesim Darici, Rosemary Hickey-Vargas, Asia Eaton

The ACE (Awareness, Commitment, and Empowerment) project is a partnership between FIU and the University of Michigan, funded by the National Science Foundation, that will facilitate the hiring, retention, and promotion of women scientists using education and changes in departmental practices.

The goals of the three-year project are:

  • Awareness: to educate faculty and administrators at FIU about the problems facing women academics in the fields of science and math
  • Commitment: to increase the hiring, retention and promotion of women scientists and mathematicians at FIU
  • Empowerment: to develop skills using innovative workshops to address issues identified by the 2010 faculty climate surveys conducted at FIU.

The main project activities are:

1. The formation and activities of a STRIDE (Strategies and Tactics for Recruiting to Improve Diversity and Excellence) committee at FIU which will educate and assist in faculty hiring and promotion processes

2. Educational theatre sketches performed by UM’S CRLT (Center for Research on Learning and Teaching) theatre group, and using innovative workshops to empower and educate women in math and science

3. Innovative faculty skill-development and career planning workshops to address issues identified by the 2010 climate surveys conducted at FIU.

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ACE Project Team (4)

Suzanna Rose, Professor, Psychology, srose@fiu.edu
Yesim Darici, Associate Professor, Physics, dariciy@fiu.edu
Rosemary Hickey-Vargas, Professor, Earth and Environment, hickey@fiu.edu
Asia Eaton, Assistant Professor, Psychology & Women’s Studies, aeaton@fiu.edu