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Advisory group meetings

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. 

Past events in this series