UMass ADVANCE established an annual distinguished lecture and awards ceremony beginning in 2019 as part of our NSF ADVANCE-Institutional Transformation grant. We are funded by the National Science Foundation to create institutional transformation that ensures long-term gender equity for STEM faculty, including women faculty of color, at the UMass Amherst campus.
The UMass ADVANCE team selects a distinguished speaker, each year, representing different areas of STEM. ADVANCE Distinguished Lecturers are invited to give a talk of their choosing that centers gender equity in science and engineering, with an intersectional lens.
In 2019, Dr. Gilda Barabino (chemical engineer and member of the National Academy of Engineering) spoke from her personal experience about “A Counternarrative from a Woman of Color in STEM.”
The 2020 ADVANCE lecture was all set for March, we invited Dr. Shirley Malcom (life scientist and national science policy leader) to visit our campus in Amherst and give the keynote. And then, the pandemic hit and we had to postpone Dr. Malcolm’s lecture to 2021.
In 2021, Dr. Malcom spoke about work based on her leadership role directing the SEA Change initiative at American Association for the Advancement of Science. Her talk, “Science in the Time of COVID and America’s Reckoning with Race” was delivered on zoom.
The 2022 Lecturer features Dr. Timnit Gebru formerly of Google and co-founder of Black in AI.
The 2023 Lecturer will be selected from Social and Behavioral sciences.