1. Sandra Laursen
  2. http://www.colorado.edu/eer/people/index.html
  3. Senior research associate & co-director
  5. University of Colorado Boulder
  1. Ann Austin
  2. Professor of Higher Education
  4. Michigan State University
  1. Ryan Vachon
  2. http://earth-initiatives.org/
  4. University of Colorado Boulder

The StratEGIC Toolkit

NSF Awards: 0930097

2016 (see original presentation & discussion)

Adult learners

How can universities create institutional environments that support the success of women scholars in engineering and other STEM fields? Increasing participation and leadership by STEM academic women requires system-wide efforts to identify and remove organizational constraints that lead to gendered biases in institutional policies and processes. This is the premise of the National Science Foundation’s ADVANCE Institutional Transformation (IT) program.

Our team has studied the work and experiences of ADVANCE IT institutions and has used the data to construct a practical, evidence-based resource for leaders of institutional change efforts. The StratEGIC Toolkit—Strategies for Effecting Gender Equity and Institutional Change—distills lessons learned about the types of interventions that have been used to change institutional structures, practices, and cultures to enhance equity and inclusion. Text and video materials offer examples of how diverse institutions have combined these interventions in comprehensive change plans and adapted them to their specific organizational context. Organizational leaders can strategically choose interventions and adapt them to their own institutional setting.

The resources in the StratEGIC Toolkit address targets of opportunity for change that can enhance the success and advancement of women scholars and that offer models for advancing faculty from other groups now underrepresented in the academy.

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