In this comment piece, Dr. Joyce Yen describes a case study in which she worked with the Heising Simons Foundation to reduce bias in a postdoctoral fellowship program’s evaluation process. The article discusses six changes to the in-person review process and argues for moving from good intentions to truly inclusive processes to advance diversity in STEM.
In the News
- Dec 2019 | Nature Astronomy
Nature Astronomy publishes comment piece on addressing bias in evaluation by UW ADVANCE Director Joyce Yen
- Nov 2019 | PLOS Channels and Collections Blog
UW ADVANCE Director Joyce Yen share strategies for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in STEM
In this blog post, Dr. Joyce Yen encourages each of us to ask ourselves “Where can I influence DEI [diversity, equity, and inclusion] in STEM.” She argues that advancing DEI is a leadership issue both on a personal and structural level. She offers four strategies everyone can take to be active supporters and advocates of DEI in STEM.
- Jun 2019 | Science Philanthropy Alliance
UW ADVANCE Director Joyce Yen helps improve selection process for Heising-Simons Foundation's 51 Pegasi b fellowship program
At a members meeting for members of the Science Philanthropy Alliance, Joyce Yen shared research on the consequences of bias and effective ways to address it. The Heising-Simons Foundation discussed how to restructure it's fellowship program, using these insights, to become more inclusive and equitable.
- Jun 2017 | WEPAN News
Dr. Joyce Yen was awarded the 2017 Women in Engineering ProActive Network (WEPAN) Inclusive and Equity Award for her work in promoting positive change to the climate and culture for women in engineering. WEPAN Awards honor key individuals, programs, and organizations for accomplishments that demonstrate extraordinary service, significant achievement, model programs, and exemplary work environments that promote a culture of inclusion and the success of women in engineering.
- Jun 2017 | Crosscut
UW STEM professors Emily Levesque and Jessica Lundquist share their experiences as women scientists, and Dr. Joyce Yen with ADVANCE Center for Institutional Change and Psychology Professor Dr. Sapna Cheryan weigh in on gender stereotyping and discrepancies in STEM fields.
- Mar 2017 | UW Faculty Staff News
Eve Riskin, University of Washington professor and associate dean of Diversity and Access in Electrical Engineering, was a featured speaker at last month’s “Advancing Women in STEM” seminar at Starbucks.
- Mar 2017 | UW Today
Press release for UW ADVANCE's 15-year celebration highlighting some of ADVANCE's achievements since its inception.
- Jan 2017 | UW Today
A press release about LATTICE was released on January 12, 2017. See LATTICE connects women engineering in early academic careers with peers and support article.
- Sep 2016 | CBE-LSE
ADVANCE Director Joyce Yen and her colleagues from the BRAINS program has a paper published in CBE-LSE!
ADVANCE Director Joyce Yen and her colleagues from the BRAINS program has a paper published in September 2016 issue of CBE LSE. The paper is titled “Learning to Thrive: Building Diverse Scientists’ Access to Community and Resources through the BRAINS Program.”
BRAINS: Broadening the Representation of Academic Investigators in NeuroScience is a national program designed to diversify neuroscience by increasing retention of early-career neuroscientists from underrepresented groups. This paper highlights particular programmatic innovations and discusses recommendations to broaden participation in the life sciences.
Read more about it here: http://www.lifescied.org/content/15/3/ar49.abstract
- May 2016 | Science
The latest issue of Science features an article about the On-Ramps, describing the process and findings of the program.
- Feb 2016 | Cal Poly News
Launching Academics on the Tenure-Track: An Intentional Community in Engineering (LATTICE) is a four-and-a-half-year NSF ADVANCE project that will create two professional development programs for early career women. The first program will be designed for women in electrical and computer engineering; the second will be for underrepresented women in engineering.
- Feb 2016 | National Science Foundation
The National Science Foundation features an article about the On-Ramps program in their "News from the Field."
- Feb 2016 | Journal of Technology Transfer
On-Ramping: Following women scientists and engineers through their transition from nonacademic to faculty careers
ADVANCE has published a journal paper about research conducted with On-Ramps into Academia participants who are now in faculty careers. It was published in the Journal of Technology Transfer in December 2015.
- Feb 2016 | UW Today
UW Today features an article discussing the On-Ramps program and its unique approach and impact in increasing and diversifying women faculty in STEM.
- Nov 2015 | TREND - UW Engineering Newsletter
The College of Engineering's quarterly newsletter, Trend, features LEAD-it-Yourself! in an article discussing UW's national lead in women engineering faculty.
- Nov 2015 | National Science Foundation
ADVANCE Awarded NSF PLAN-D Grant, Women Achieving Tenure-Track Success: Strategies to Enable Community-based Retention
Program/Research Manager Dr. Joyce Yen (PI) and Dr. Eve Riskin (co-PI) have received a National Science Foundation (NSF) award entitled Women Achieving Tenure-Track Success: Strategies to Enable Community-based Retention. Building on the successful WEBS and BRAINS professional development programs, this project will create a community-centric mentoring, networking, and career development program that targets early career women in electrical engineering and underrepresented women in engineering and computer science. This project is in collaboration with North Carolina State University and California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo. Co-PIs include Dr. M. Claire Horner-Devine, Dr. Julie Ivy, and Dr. Coleen Carrigan.
- Sep 2015 | UW 360
UW 360 interviews Eve Riskin, UW ADVANCE Director, and Joyce Yen, UW ADVANCE Research Manager, about their work promoting gender diversity in engineering. The interview focuses on the LEAD program and the upcoming LEAD-it-Yourself! program.
- Jun 2015 | Puget Sound Business Journal
The Puget Sound Business Journal highlighted the excellent percentage of female tenure-track faculty within the UW's College of Engineering and announced the October 26th LEAD-it-Yourself Train-the-Trainer Workshop, a training that will equip college and university leaders to further STEM faculty diversity and inclusion.
- Jun 2015 | UW Today
UW Today featured the LEAD-it-Yourself program and the Train-the-Trainer Workshop that will be hosted at UW on October 26, 2015.
- Feb 2015 | Women in Oceanography
UW ADVANCE's On-Ramps into Academia program was highlighted in "Advancing women in oceanography: How NSF's ADVANCE program promotes gender equity in academia". The article appeared in Women in Oceanography, a supplement to Oceanography 27(4).