About the UW ADVANCE Center for Institutional Change

The UW ADVANCE Center for Institutional Change is a campus and national resource for best practices in academic leadership development, cultural change and policy transformation, and increasing the advancement and number of women faculty in STEM fields. Our objective is to create a diverse, thriving campus in which all faculty in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) receive the proper support, flexibility and recognition to achieve her or his maximum potential.

Our campus initiatives include leadership development workshops and consultation for campus leaders and career development resources and informal mentoring programs for STEM faculty. Learn more about our initiatives at UW.

We also have a number of grant-funded initiatives for activities beyond UW. We offer national professional development programs for early-career scientists and engineers and have created an online toolkit to help other institutions develop leadership workshops like those offered at UW.  Learn more about our initiatives beyond UW.

The UW ADVANCE Center for Institutional Change was created in 2001 with a first-round National Science Foundation (NSF) ADVANCE Institutional Transformation (IT) grant. The NSF ADVANCE Program strives to increase the participation of women in academic science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers through systemic solutions.The original NSF IT grant to UW ended in 2007. UW ADVANCE is now funded through other grants and support from the UW Office of the Provost; the College of Engineering; the College of Arts & Sciences; and the College of the Environment.

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