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Take Our Annual Survey! You Could Win a Free ADVANCE EiSCC Registration

The 2023 ARC Network Annual Community Survey is here! Because the ARC Network is a community created and sustained in partnership with researchers, practitioners, decision-makers and the Women in Engineering ProActive Network, this survey is designed to help us understand how you make use of the ARC Network and how we can improve the transformative impact of the Network and our collective work towards gender equity in the professoriate and beyond. You are an important part of the ARC Network community, and want to hear from you!

The survey should take just 20 to 25 minutes, and we're asking that you complete the survey before it closes on Friday, December 15. The feedback from this survey is extremely important to the ARC Network, as it helps us shape and tailor future events and programming to better address the needs and wants of our members.

As a thank-you, everyone who completes the survey will be entered into a raffle for a free registration to the 2024 ADVANCE Equity in STEM Community Convening in Baltimore, Maryland. The Convening serves as the annual ADVANCE PI meeting and ADVANCE PIs, co-PIs, and team members are encouraged to attend. Over 300 people attended each of the last two Convenings, which serve as a meeting space for researchers, practitioners, and change agents dedicated to creating equitable STEM workplaces.

We are so thankful for our community and for your commitment to equity in STEM!

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VVS Research Webinar: Academic Motherhood and the "Child Penalty" for Women of Color in STEM

The ARC Network is excited to continue hosting members of the 2022-2023 Virtual Visiting Scholars (VVS) cohort to present on their VVS projects and discuss the implications of their findings.

Join the ARC Network on  on Wednesday, December 13th at 3pm ET as we welcome Dr. Erin Winterrowd to present her work focusing on academic motherhood and the "child penalty" for women of color in STEM.

Winterrowd’s VVS project focused on academic motherhood and the child penalty. “For my own professional development, I wanted to attempt quantitative synthesis, and I looked for a topic that had enough studies available for a summary that wasalso something I had familiarity with. The topic ended up being quite ironic, since I spent my VVS year in academic motherhood myself. It was cathartic reading about other women’s experiences as I was having similar ones.”

There was so much material to explore, Winterrowd ended up reframing her VVS proposal as a two-year project, which she is currently working on. “Gender equity in work, both in STEM and broadly, has changed a lot in the last few decades in a greatway, with much needed attention given to the diversity of women’s experiencesin STEM. We need to pay attention to these differences,” she says.

“I’m finding a number of non-significant findings that used to be significant. That could mean positive changes, or that could also mean we’re not disaggregating data or asking the right questions. What used to seem like a pretty clear-cut situation may not actually be that clear.”

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Submit a Proposal for the 2024 ADVANCE EiSCC

Proposals are now open for the 2024 ADVANCE Equity in STEM Community Convening (EiSCC).

Since 2019, the NSF-funded ADVANCE EiSCC has served as the convening for NSF ADVANCE grantees in a format that facilitates engagement with change agents within and beyond the NSF ADVANCE community. The ADVANCE EiSCC brings together a variety of change makers from higher education, professional societies, industry, government, and non-profits in an engaged exchange of knowledge, resources, and support to drive systemic change in STEM. The 2024 ADVANCE Equity in STEM Community Convening will take place June 2-5 at the Hilton Inner Harbor in Baltimore, Maryland.

Attendees have an opportunity to share new research findings and exchange resources; brainstorm strategies; collaborate in novel ways; learn about avenues for funding; and demonstrate effective programs and interventions for greater collective impact.

In lieu of traditional text-based abstracts, only visual abstracts will be accepted. Accessible content is encouraged. There are several types of sessions:

  • Poster Showcase: Present an innovative poster design highlighting your efforts toward equitable STEM work environments
  • High 5 Talks: Challenge yourself to outline the highlights of your work and explain its importance – in just 5 minutes
  • Experience Reports: For those on the front lines of change, engage with the audience about your well-developed and/or later-stage initiatives or research
  • Early-Stage Innovations: Inform and provide feedback to works-in-progress in a less formal setting
  • Symposia: Join 3-5 presenters to discuss a novel, timely, and interesting topic
  • Pre-Conference Workshops: Lead a deeper look into critical topics and challenges

Read more about the session types and the submission process here. Proposals close January 5, 2024.

Participants whose proposals are accepted are required to register for and attend the 2024 ADVANCE Equity in STEM Community Convening.

If you have questions, please contact the ARC Network at

Career Opportunities

Project Director, Women of Color in Engineer Collaborative (WCEC)

The PD is responsible for helping to manage the WCEC. The PD will assist the Principal
Investigator (PI) with the day-to-day operations of the WCEC to ensure that project and grant goals are met, in alignment with the initiative’s strategic priorities. The PD will work closely with the PI, co-PIs, staff, and other stakeholders to support WCEC activities including, but not limited to, community outreach, engagement, and onboarding, advisory boards and committees, meetings and events, evaluation and reporting, and budget reconciliation.

• Serve as a point of contact and representative for the WCEC. Develop presentations and speak at events and conferences on behalf of the WCEC.
• Assist the PI and Co-PIs in implementing the strategic plan, including the creation of an online Resource Center and Women of Color Profiles database.
• Develop, support, and strengthen partnerships with organizations across the WCEC.

• Assist the PI with financial report preparations and project budget management, including time and effort reporting and payment processing.
• Manage WCEC programming, events, and resources to ensure on time and quality delivery.
• Ensure the WCEC website, social media posts, webinars, and similar virtual activities are adequately managed and maintained to promote WCEC visibility.
• Coordinate data collection and reporting activities with PI, co-PIs, and external evaluator.

• Assist the PI with preparing NSF progress reports and papers on WCEC activities.
• Manage 1-2 direct reports.
• Other duties as required.

• Bachelor’s degree in a STEM related field.
• Commitment to the goal of achieving gender and racial equity in STEM.
• Knowledge of DEI&B best practices to support an inclusive and equitable environment.
• Proven ability to complete assigned tasks, proven problem-solving skills, and analytical expertise.
• Over 7 years of experience in project management, program development, organization development, strategic planning, program evaluation.
• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to adapt communication styles to engage diverse audiences.
• Demonstrated ability to build trust and positive relationships across a wide range of stakeholders.
• Familiarity with collective impact.

Please email a resume and cover letter to Dr. Roberta Rincon, Associate Director of Research, at Applications will be reviewed upon receipt and accepted until the position is filled. No phone calls please.

Assistant Director, VISIBLE

VISIBLE, the Villanova Initiative to Support Inclusiveness and Build Leaders and Villanova’s ADVANCE Grant program office, is hiring an Assistant Director. The posting is available here:

The Assistant Director will have primary responsibility for the Academic Leaders Peer Network and the Equitable Hiring Practicum and will be responsible for developing workshops and programs for rising faculty leaders. Additionally, they will support the Campus Leaders Workshop, Leadership and Equity to Advance all Faculty (LEAF) Symposium, and our equitable evaluation efforts.

Candidates will need to have at least a bachelor's degree plus three years of related experience, including experience in facilitation, teaching, or presentations, especially in a higher education setting.


Recording Available for "The Inventor’s Patent Academy Webinar Series: Promoting Equitable Innovation"

Sponsored by Qualcomm, this WEPAN webinar series explores topics covered in The Inventor’s Patent Academy (TIPA), a free three-part course that supports current and future inventors in understanding patenting, intellectual property, and how to navigate the patenting system. TIPA, created in partnership by Qualcomm and Invent Together, promotes equitable innovation ecosystems by providing open access to patenting information often withheld from marginalized inventors.

The first webinar in this WEPAN series aligns with Module 1 of TIPA and featured a panel discussion with four inventors who shared their patent successes and challenges as well as strategies, tools, and tips for navigating your own patent journey.

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VVS & ERW Digest

Collected resources and news regarding our Virtual Visiting Scholars andEmerging Research Workshops.

Read and Give Feedback on the Latest ARC Emerging Research Workshop Reports

The two newest reports from the ARC Network's Emerging Research Workshops have been released. The reports, "Using Big Data and Algorithms to Foster Equity in STEM" and "Cultivating Equity In STEM Through Inclusive Language," cover research and promising practices on each of the topics and suggest new directions for future work. We invite the community to share their expertise on the topics. To read the reports and share your input visit

Equity in the News

A selection of equity, diversity, and inclusion-related articles.

"Black Scientists With STEM Ph.D.s Face Deep Disparities" by S. Weissman in Inside Higher Ed

"Black scientists make up a tiny percentage of Ph.D. recipients in STEM fields, yet they carry an inordinate amount of student loan debt compared to their non-Black peers, according to a new analysis of federal data by RTI International, a nonprofit research institute. The analysis, detailed in a report released today, explores the educational paths of Black and Hispanic Ph.D. recipients in the sciences and reveals a number of discomforting disparities, including longer times to earn degrees and higher enrollment rates at for-profit institutions for Black scientists."

Equity Resources

Publications, reports, or communications relevant to equity in the academy. All resources listed below are available in the ARC Network online resource library.

"The Intersection of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Open Access in Scholarly Publishing: A Summary from the Ecological Society of America’s Workshop on Exploring Barriers and Solutions" by E. Landis, L. Jack Jr, & A. King

“The intersection of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) and open access (OA) is a subject the scholarly publishing community has begun to earnestly grapple with in recent years. The focus is to identify barriers to equitable opportunities, how to better understand which principles of social and racial justice and inclusivity can be applied to promote equitable access to scholarly research and knowledge, and strategies to promote equitable opportunities in scholarly publishing. By promoting diverse representation, addressing equity barriers, and fostering inclusive practices, DEI principles can be integrated into OA initiatives to promote a scholarly ecosystem that is accessible to, inclusive of, and representative of all."

"Creating Cell Biology Courses That Are Inclusive for People
Who Are Intersex and/or Have Queer Genders" by S. Eddy and A. Casper

“The number of people whose gender does not match the sex they were assigned at birth is growing. Yet this increasing prevalence does not translate into higher integration of these students and intersex students into the field of biology. This demographic needs to be represented in biology courses to feel a sense of belonging in biology and to make biology courses equitable.”

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