ADVANCE Midwest Partnership-Joining Forces

The ADVANCE Midwest Partnership- Joining Forces is a cross-institutional effort to promote increased retention and career advancement opportunities for underrepresented women and women with family responsibilities working in STEM. Target audiences for the ADVANCE partnership includes academic leadership, tenured faculty, and under-represented minorities. This program is funded by the National Science Foundation's ADVANCE Partnership program.

Upcoming Events

Department Chair Professional Development (DCPD)

Monday October 4 or Wednesday October 6

This fall's virtual workshop focuses on department culture and is titled "Come Together: Building an Equitable Department Where Faculty Want to Work and Stay". Click here for a pdf flyer for this workshop. To accommodate schedules, this facilitated workshop is offered on two separate dates. PLEASE NOTE TIMES ARE IN CENTRAL STANDARD TIME:

 Monday, October 4, 11:00am-12:30pm (EDT)

 Wednesday, October 6, 9:30-11:00am (EDT)

Department chairs are invited to sign up for one of the two workshop dates using the corresponding registration links below. Workshop materials will be provided closer to the workshop date.

October 4 Workshop

October 6 Workshop

Women Also Know Stuff Presentation with Dr. Nadia E. Brown

Thursday October 7, 2021 7pm

Dr. Nadia Brown

Women Also Know Stuff (WAKS) works to highlight the expertise of women and thus push back against implicit gender bias. The organization aims to connect expert women in political science with professional networking opportunities, while also making it easy for those seeking experts, including journalists, to find women experts in any given subfield of political science.

This workshop details what WAKS did and is doing to increase gender diversity in political science. This talk will highlight ways that our organizational efforts can be duplicated by other organizations – learning from our successes and challenges.

Dr. Nadia E. Brown, is a professor of Government, chair of the Women’s and Gender Studies program and affiliate in the African American Studies program at Georgetown University. She specializes in Black women’s politics and holds a graduate certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies. While trained as a political scientist, her scholarship on intersectionality seeks to push beyond disciplinary constraints to think more holistically about the politics of identity. Brown serves on the WAKS executive committee.

While WAKS focuses on women scholars in political science, there are a number of sites dedicated to promoting women across fields and around the world – many which are inspired by the initiative of WAKS. You can find a running list of these organizations on their website.

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Partnership Institutions