Workshops

ADVANCE program workshops are delivered in partnership with units across campus to extend and enhance our existing campus offerings. Our partners include the Provost’s Office, the Office of Equity and Inclusion, the Institute for Social Science Research, the Office of Faculty Development, the Massachusetts Society of Professors (faculty union), the Center for Research on Families, as well as the College of Education, the College of Natural Sciences, the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, and the School of Public Health and Health Sciences.Please contact Donna Baron with any questions.


Spring 2024


Equity Minded Workload Reform, Part 2 - Policies

February 9, 2024, from 10:00-12:00pm, Zoom
With Joya Misra, Provost Professor and Roy J. Zuckerberg Endowed Leadership Chair, Department of Sociology & School of Public Policy, Co-PI UMass ADVANCE, President, American Sociological Association

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Many faculty members report feeling that workload in their department is unfairly distributed; women and faculty of color may be asked to carry out more than their share of work. This session provides clear, evidence-based practices to create better, fairer workloads for faculty through changing the “choice architecture” for the division of labor in departments. We discuss a variety of approaches to workload equity such as rotating time-intensive roles, reducing and restructuring committees, creating policies for service and teaching assignments, using benchmarks by rank, or developing crediting systems that can help departments create fairer workload for all faculty. This session follows a session in September (Part 1) and focuses on organizational policies and practices that can be adopted to proactively design more equitable workloads and reward systems.


Black Women United Presents
Sister:Resisters - Black Women's Mentoring Toolkit 

February 16, 2024 12:00 – 1:30 pm, Zoom
With Janie Victoria Ward, PhD and Tracy L. Robinson-Wood, PhD

Zoom Meeting ID: 378 796 2307 https://umass-amherst.zoom.us./i/3787962307

Building upon the initiative to support a peer network and increase advancement of Black women faculty members on the UMass Amherst campus, the UMass ADVANCE Mutual Mentoring Group Black Women United will host three online sessions this fall and early spring titled Sister:Resisters that focus on mentoring Black women.

For more information about Black Women United contact Cheryl Swanier at cswanier@umass.edu.


Equity for Women in Science: Dismantling Systemic Barriers to Advancement

March 5, 2024, from 11:30 - 1:00 pm, Lederle, Room A112
With Cassidy R. Sugimoto, Professor and Tom and Marie Patton School Chair in the School of Public Policy at Georgia Institute of Technology

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This is event is co-sponsored by the Computational Social Science Institute and the Institute for Social Science Research.


UMass ADVANCE Annual Distinguished Lecture and Reception

March 27, 2024, from 4:00-6:00 pm, Amherst Room, 10th Floor of the Campus Center
With Danielle R. Holley, President of Mount Holyoke College and Professor of Politics

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Intersectional Approaches to Disrupting Ableism

April 11, 2024, from 11:30 - 1:00 pm, Amherst Room, 10th Floor of the Campus Center
With Anjali J. Forber-Pratt, Ph.D., Director of the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR)

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Anjali J. Forber-Pratt, Ph.D. is a disability activist, a two-time Paralympian, Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Director of the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) in the Administration for Community Living. Dr. Forber-Pratt serves as the Chair of the Interagency Committee on Disability Research which exists to promote coordination and collaboration among federal departments and agencies conducting disability, independent living, and rehabilitation research programs. As a researcher, her primary area of work relates to disability identity development. As a wheelchair-user for over 35 years, Dr. Forber-Pratt is nationally and internationally recognized as a disability leader and mentor. She was a White House Champion of Change in 2013 and the American Psychological Association awarded her the 2020 Citizen Psychologist Award for Advancing Disability as a Human Rights and Social Justice Issue Award.

This lecture is co-sponsored by the Office of Equity and Inclusion, UMass Allies for Illness and Disability Access, and the Institute for Social Science Research.


Federal Funding Opportunities for Early Career Researchers

April 12, 2024, from 11:30 - 1:00 pm, Amherst Room, 10th Floor of the Campus Center
With Anjali J. Forber-Pratt, Ph.D., Director of the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR)

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Anjali J. Forber-Pratt, Ph.D. is a disability activist, a two-time Paralympian, Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Director of the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) in the Administration for Community Living. Dr. Forber-Pratt serves as the Chair of the Interagency Committee on Disability Research which exists to promote coordination and collaboration among federal departments and agencies conducting disability, independent living, and rehabilitation research programs. As a researcher, her primary area of work relates to disability identity development. As a wheelchair-user for over 35 years, Dr. Forber-Pratt is nationally and internationally recognized as a disability leader and mentor. She was a White House Champion of Change in 2013 and the American Psychological Association awarded her the 2020 Citizen Psychologist Award for Advancing Disability as a Human Rights and Social Justice Issue Award.

This workshop is co-sponsored by Office of Research and Engagement and the Institute for Social Science Research.