Initiatives Beyond UW

UW ADVANCE has received numerous grants focused in key areas that include improving the climate in the classroom on UW campus; giving faculty leaders the tools they need to impact cultural and policy change; adding more women to the faculty pipeline; and interrupting bias in the faculty search process. Our initiatives are varied in their scope but the goal is always the same: to increase the participation of women and underrepresented minorities in STEM.

Current Initiatives 


Broadening the Representation of Academic Investigators in NeuroSciences (BRAINS)

iBroadening the Representation of Academic Investigators in NeuroSciences is designed to accelerate and improve the career advancement of neuroscience postdoctoral and assistant professors from underrepresented groups. Participants seek to build a strong sense of career self-efficacy through a combination of symposiums, peer networks, mentoring relationships, and career consultations over two-year periods.

Principal Investigator: Dr. Sheri Mizumori; Co-PI: Dr. Ana Mari Cauce and Dr. Joyce Yen. BRAINS is funded with a grant from the National Institutes of Health.


Launching Academics on the Tenure-Track: an Intentional Community in Engineering (LATTICE)

is a program to adapt, articulate, and disseminate the BRAINS and WEBS programs' proven professional development model to support the persistence and advancement of underrepresented groups in engineering faculty careers. LATTICE will support early-career, post-PhD women as they navigate engineering faculty careers, starting with symposium focused on career skills, self-reflection and conversations about identity (e.g. gender, race/ethnicity) and the academy and continuing through regularly-meeting peer mentoring circles and online connections.

Principal Investigator: Dr. Joyce Yen; Co-PIs: Dr. Julie Ivy, Dr. Claire Horner-Devine, Dr. Eve Riskin, Dr. Christine Grant, and Dr. Coleen Carrigan

LATTICE is funded with a grant from the National Science Foundation.

Logo: LEAD-it-Yourself!


LEAD-it-Yourself! is an online toolkit, currently in production, that will enable academic institutions across the country to plan and host faculty leadership workshops. The LEAD-it-Yourself! website will provide a forum in which institutions of higher education may share, customize, and rate open source leadership curricula and event planning materials with peers nationwide.

Principal Investigator: Dr. Eve Riskin; Co-PIs Dr. Joyce Yen and Dr. Jan Spyridakis

LEAD-it-Yourself is funded with a grant from the National Science Foundation’s ADVANCE PAID program.

Past Initiatives

To learn about past UW ADVANCE initiatives including WEBS, LEAD, the Interrupting Bias film, and On-Ramps into Academia, visit the past initiatives page.