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ADVANCE Midwest Partnership - Joining Forces

ADVANCE in action

Research suggests institutional culture has not evolved to create a collaborative and supportive work environment where women of color and with family responsibilities can thrive ...

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Advance Partnership Projects Cross-institutional Mentoring Communities Advocates and Allies Cross-institutional Chair Peer Mentoring Communities Integrated Equity and Support Cross-Institutional Women's Caucus Department Chairs and Professional Development

Joining Forces is a midwestern partnership of four research-intensive institutions funded by NSF ADVANCE. The four partners are Iowa State University, Michigan Technological University, North Dakota State University, and Western Michigan University.


Impact of COVID on Women Faculty

Women reported losing nearly twice as much time per day for research compared to men. Read the full report from Villanova University.

Cross-Institutional Chair Peer Mentoring Communities

Adrienne Minerick, Gül Okudan Kremer, Stephanie M. Peterson

Dr. Monica CoxWe recognize that the last two years have been particularly difficult for department chairs who have prioritized others' well-being over their own. Cross-Institutional Chair Peer Mentoring Communities (CICPMC) are designed to help with this.

CICPMCs are designed to create support networks for department chairs working to enhance climate and inclusivity of diverse faculty in their departments. The networks emphasize sharing of resources and strategies via peer-discussions to support diverse faculty success and enhance sense of community and belonging. The CICPMCs are designed to reduce isolation by facilitating inter-institutional exchanges and reflective learning among chairs building upon the similarities and differences on different campuses, thus seeding fresh ideas across campus communities. Case studies and topics will be shared that encourage a culture of listening, awareness, and responsiveness to the concerns of women and racial/ethnic faculty that yield positive systemic institutional change.

Let's meet

The team consists of faculty and staff from four research-intensive midwestern institutions. Get to know the cross-institutional leadership team and the project teams. Between 2019 and 2022 evaluation of the implementation and outcomes will follow the project's logic model.