Announcement regarding NSF ADVANCE Program’s 10th anniversary

From Douglas M. Haynes, Director, UCI ADVANCE Program


2011–2012 marks the tenth anniversary of the National Science Foundation (NSF) ADVANCE Program. NSF ADVANCE represents an unprecedented initiative to promote gender equity in STEM fields. In October 2001 UCI was selected among the first cohort of recipients of ADVANCE Institutional Transformation awards and remains the only general campus in the University of California. Our nationally distinctive model of institutional transformation is based on faculty Equity Advisors. Through peer-to-peer engagement with school colleagues in faculty recruitment, career advising and equity advocacy, they have contributed to important gains in building an inclusive faculty culture during the past ten years. Among these include gains in the recruitment and advancement of women faculty, improved family-friendly accommodation policies and work-life balance resources, and increased attention to improving the climate for all faculty.

Our mission remains as relevant today as it did a decade ago. This current milestone affords the campus and university an opportunity to take stock of our labors as we continue to transform UCI. To this end, I want to invite you to attend a major retrospective on NSF ADVANCE by Professor Diana Bilimoria (Case Western Reserve University) on Wednesday, February 1, 2:00 in Doheny Beach Room B, Student Center. The title of Dr. Bilimoria’s presentation is ADVANCING Gender Equity in Science and Engineering: Initiatives and Outcomes of Institutional Transformation. Drawing on her 2011 published study, Dr. Bilimoria will assess the outcomes of NSF funded initiatives among the first cohort of recipients of institutional transformation awards. I do very much hope you will attend this presentation.

Let’s build a great university together,

Douglas M. Haynes Associate Professor Director, UCI ADVANCE Program