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ADVANCE Program Launch Lecture and Reception

"A Counternarrative from a Woman of Color in STEM"
by Dean Gilda Barabino, Professor & Dean, Grove School of Engineering, CUNY

Tuesday, March 19, 2019, 4:00-6:00pm
LSL South 330-340

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Last August, UMass Amherst was awarded a coveted ADVANCE Institutional Transformation grant that aims to develop systemic and sustainable approaches to advance gender equity (including dynamics at the intersection of race and gender) and promote gender equity in ways that involve all faculty through a focus on Collaboration and Equity
Join us to celebrate this achievement at the ADVANCE Launch Lecture and reception. We are delighted to host Dean Gilda Barabino, the Daniel and Frances Berg Professor and Dean of the Grove School of Engineering at The City College of New York. This will also be a time to learn more about how the ADVANCE program will provide resources, foster relationships, and ensure recognition for your work on campus.

Collaboration is essential to academic careers, although most recognition accrues to individual achievement. By focusing interventions around three types of collaborations important in academic environments (collaborative research, inclusive community, and shared decisionmaking), ADVANCE creates more equitable outcomes for faculty members at UMass, Amherst, with a particular focus on women and members of underrepresented groups.


r3 model venn diagram - relationships, recognition, resourcesThe R3 model for supporting faculty collaboration (and equity) focuses on three necessary elements for success: resources, relationships, and recognition. Resources reflect material support available to faculty, relationships capture the development of supportive networks, and recognition identifies how work is evaluated and rewarded.The R3 model suggests that if faculty members, irrespective of gender, nationality, race/ethnicity, or field, have equal access to the resources necessary to do their work, equal access to relationships with colleagues, and equal access to recognition for the work that they do, faculty members will be more successful, and the institution will be more inclusive and equitable.


The National Science Foundation (NSF) ADVANCE program focuses on developing systemic and sustainable approaches to addressing faculty gender disparities across the sciences (including dynamics at the intersection of race and gender) and promote gender equity. The Institutional Transformation (IT) track supports the development of innovative organizational change strategies to produce comprehensive change.

UMass Amherst was awarded a 5-year (2018-2023) $3 million ADVANCE Institutional Transformation (IT) grant to support our efforts at advancing gender equity. The grant is titled Collaboration and Equity: The Resources, Relationships, and Recognition (R3) Model for Advancing Women and Underrepresented Faculty in Science and Engineering. National Science Foundation #1824090.