Grant Funded Initiatives

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.

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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.

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Leadership Excellence for Academic Diversity (LEAD)

national workshops offer leadership development for department chairs, deans, and emerging leaders in STEM. This workshop series was offered from 2007-2009 and addressed departmental and university culture and the professional development of faculty. Over 200 chairs, deans and faculty leaders from over 40+ institutions attended 3 national workshops.

LEAD was funded through a National Science Foundation grant Partnerships for Adaptation, Implementation and Dissemination (PAID). LEAD grew out of 2 pilot national workshops, funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Past workshop materials and presentations are available online.

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On-Ramps into Academia

is a series of national workshops offered for women Ph.D.s in STEM fields, currently working in industry and interested in transitioning to an academic career. Speakers are women who have already made successful transitions into academia, and topics addressed include transferring skills and strengths to the academic environment, creating a C.V., building a research program and more.

On-Ramps is funded through a National Science Foundation grant Partnerships for Adaptation, Implementation and Dissemination (PAID). Workshops are free, and the next workshop is scheduled for May 15-17, 2011.

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Promoting Equity in Engineering Relationships (PEERs)

is the first student-focused program for UW ADVANCE. PEERs encompasses multiple interventions, including a fall seminar course for engineering students, a campus climate survey, and a capacity building institute.

PEERs is funded through a first-round Innovation through Institutional Integration (I3) award from NSF.

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Interrupting Bias in the Faculty Search Process

is a film and facilitation guide for faculty search committees. It illustrates common instances of bias that often occur during faculty hiring. The DVD and facilitation guide packet will make it possible to disseminate this teaching tool to programs across the country.

The film was first shown at the UW ADVANCE LEAD Workshop in June 2009, and the DVD and facilitation guide packet are funded through a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation.


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.


ADVANCE Center for Institutional Change
371 Loew Hall
Box 352180
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195-2180