The Center for Evaluation and Research for STEM Equity (CERSE) at the University of Washington serves as the evaluator for this project. CERSE has served as assessment consultants on a number of related National Science Foundation ADVANCE grant-funded projects including the UW ADVANCE Institutional Transformation Grant, LEAD, WEBS, and On-Ramps into Academia as well as the Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences ADVANCE grant. CERSE has also evaluated numerous NSF-funded projects related to science and engineering diversity. 




Dr. Cara Margherio is the Assistant Director of the UW Center for Evaluation & Research for STEM Equity (CERSE). Her research interests span the study of intersectionality, higher education, organizational change, and social movements. Cara uses mixed methods to understand the social mechanisms which may change, or facilitate, the production of inequities within higher education. Her work has been published in peer-reviewed journals such as CBE-Life Sciences Education; Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion; Neuron; Race Ethnicity and Education; and Research in Higher Education. Cara earned a PhD and MA in Sociology at the University of Washington, and a BPhil in Sociology and BS in Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh.