The ADVANCE PI Team is committed to education and dialogue as critical activities in making equity and inclusion integral to faculty, student , and community life at Michigan Tech. The need for such work is self-evident; the value of such goals for all in our campus community is undeniable. We support the statements from the ADVANCE Advocates Team and the Advocates and Allies Advisory Board and we join them in affirming the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion programs, practices, and policies that engage and educate all members of our community.
Virtual Office Hours
In order to best accommodate those shouldering the difficult task of supporting children attending school from home, while keeping up with everything at work, ADVANCE will be available in a virtual format.
During this time we will be using our ADVANCE Zoom Meeting Room.
Please feel free to drop into the meeting room and we'll join you within a few minutes. The ADVANCE Zoom Meeting Room is available for drop-ins during our office hours (see Right sidebar) or by appointment. Please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule and appointment.
ADVANCE at Michigan Tech is dedicated to promoting faculty retention, career success, and STEM equity with an emphasis on advancing underrepresented individuals with intersectionalities. We are funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and currently are the recipients of 2 ADVANCE grants. Target audiences for ADVANCE programming include academic leadership, tenured faculty, and under-represented minorities.
ADVANCE Adaptation—AMP-UP Continuous Improvement Process to Transform Institutional Practices and Culture
Funding Agency: National Science Foundation, HRD 1760585
Principal Investigator: Adrienne Minerick
Co-PIs: Sonia Goltz, Andrew Storer, Patty Sotirin
Award Amount: $1,000,000
Project Dates: 9/1/18- 8/31/21
Funding Agency: National Science Foundation, HRD 1935932
Partnership Team: Cinzia Cervato (Iowa State University), Carla Koretsky (Western Michigan University), Canan Bilen-Green (North Dakota State University), Adrienne Minerick (Michigan Technological University).
Award Amount: $1,000,000
Michigan Tech Subaward: $170,000
Michigan Tech Team: Adrienne Minerick, Sonia Goltz, Patty Sotirin
Project Dates: 9/1/19-9/30/22
ADVANCE Sponsored/Recommended Events
National Center for Women & Information Technology Webinars
Throughout the month of May, the National Center for Women & Information Technology is hosting a series of webinars. We plan on attending several and hope that you'll join us in learning more. Registration link is below.
Ally Workshop and Equity Listening Sessions
Coming This Fall!
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic our planned Advocates and Allies workshops for Spring 2020 had to be canceled. Should conditions allow, we are currently planning to hold these workshops in Fall 2020 with our colleagues from North Dakota State University and Auburn University returning to facilitate.
Firm dates have not yet been set but we will update this page and distribute widely throughout the campus community once we have established dates.
The Fall 2020 workshops will consist of a series of Listening Sessions for women and gender diverse individuals (1hr) and an Ally workshop for men and majority individuals. In addition to these sessions, we will also be training our Advocates and Allies Advisory Board and Advocates Group so that they can begin to implement regular workshops at Michigan Tech.
On The Line-Interactive Theatre
Coming Fall 2020
On The Line is a performance and workshop focused on a living case study that interactively engages participants on ways they can mitigate bias and equity in tenure and promotion practices. In the first half of the workshop, professional actors portray a subtle and complex scenario involving a department's executive committee formally discussing whether one of their junior colleagues should be awarded tenure. Post-show interaction, guided by a facilitator, allows audiences to unpack issues and practice interventions. Most recently, On The Line was presented as a plenary for deans as part of the American Society for Engineering Education Equity, Diversity, and Inclusions Conference in New Orleans, at SFU, and at Oregon State.
See a preview of what's in store below:
This performance has been funded in part by a Diversity in Action Microgrant from Michigan Tech's Tech Forward Campaign.