June 14, 2015
June 14, 2015
June 17, 2015
Women in Engineering
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Implementation of Advocates and Allies Programs to Support and Promote Gender Equity in AcademiaDespite increasing attention and progress, the goal of achieving gender equality remains elusiveacross academic disciplines, particularly engineering. In , receivedan NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation grant to increase the participation of women infaculty and administrative positions and to address institutional deficiencies in recruitment,retention, advancement, and climate. One unique and effective initiative of ADVANCE project is the development, implementation, and sustainment of an Advocates andAllies program. Recognizing the vital role of majority groups (in this case men) to sustain orchange institutional culture, the Advocates and Allies program intentionally establishes anetwork of trained male faculty who work with other male faculty to promote gender equity.The success of the Advocates and Allies model has attracted national attention, includingpublished papers, invited presentations and webinars, broadly disseminated advocacy tips, andadoption and implementation of Advocates and Allies programs at multiple institutions.To encourage broader adoption of the Advocates and Allies model, we discuss in this paper theimplementation of Advocates and Allies programs at the original ADVANCE institution as wellas four additional institutions. These institutions represent a mixture of characteristics such aspublic/private, research/teaching, size, geographic, and other diversity elements. To begin, weoverview the essential elements of the Advocates and Allies model and summarize thetheoretical and empirical frameworks supporting the use of men as change agents to promotegender equity. Next, we describe the institutional context of the original ADVANCE institution,detail the format and implementation of its Advocates and Allies program while payingparticular attention to institution-specific factors, and then highlight the successes and challengesin establishing, operating, and sustaining the Advocates and Allies group. This follows withindividual descriptions, each using a consistent format, for the four additional institutions. Thepaper concludes by identifying common themes in the implementation of Advocates and Alliesprograms and providing recommendations for other institutions to begin their own Advocatesand Allies programs.
Bilen-Green, C., & Carpenter, J. P., & Doore, S., & Green, R. A., & Horton, K. J., & Jellison, K. L., & Latimer, S. M., & Levine, M. J., & O'Neal, D. P. (2015, June), Implementation of Advocates and Allies Programs to Support and Promote Gender Equity in Academia Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24242
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