About Advance Midwest Partnership - Joining Forces

NSF ADVANCE has been instrumental in supporting institutional practices leading to the increased representation of women in STEM. However, research suggests that institutional culture and practices have not evolved to create a collaborative and supportive work environment where women scientists, mathematicians, and engineers can thrive, particularly those in the intersectionalities of women of color and women with caregiving responsibilities.

The goal of this ADVANCE Partnership project is to implement and assess a package that includes cross-institutional mentoring communities, male advocates and allies, and department chair professional development as well as an integrated caucus. These programs developed with NSF ADVANCE Partnership funding at each partner university will be integrated into a coordinated and portable package, the Integrated Equity Support (IES) system, focusing on cross-institutional participation aimed at creating tangible support networks and positive climates for women and underrepresented STEM faculty.