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Join Us for Sue Rosser's VVS Research Webinar

The ARC Network is excited to begin 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 us on Thursday, November 9 at 3pm ET as Dr. Sue Rosser discusses her VVS research on foreign born/foreign trained (FB/FT) faculty and the STEM equity issues they face.

Rosser’s VVS project was inspired by an NSF grant. Rosser was serving as an external advisor on an ADVANCE grant where the co-PIs were eight women engineers, all of whom were relatively junior in the California State University system, and six of the eight were FB/FT.  In interacting with them on the grant and discussing their careers and various issues they were having, Rosser realized the extent to which FB/FT faculty were an understudied group.

“When I looked into it, the existing literature mostly concentrated on men and had been conducted in R1 institutions. There was very little on women FB/FT STEM faculty and almost nothing on those at comprehensive universities or community colleges. I wanted to find out more, and the co-PIs were encouraging me to do so. I’ve served as a member of the ARC Network External Advisory Board since the organization’s inception, so I was well aware of the VVS program, and thought this would be a great project.”

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2023 Annual Conference, Empowering Innovators: Inclusive Pathways to Commercialization

We are delighted to extend an invitation to attend the 2023 Annual Conference, Empowering Innovators: Inclusive Pathways to Commercialization. This conference is supported by the National Science Foundation ADVANCE Partnership Grant – The New Jersey Equity in Commercialization Collective (NJECC). The conference will be held on Wednesday, October 25th, from 8:45 AM to 4 PM at the New Jersey Institute of Technology's Campus Center located in Newark, NJ.

Building on last year’s inaugural conference, our 2023 conference will feature leaders sharing insights into their own entrepreneurial journeys and will provide information about available resources to both new and experienced innovators. Together, we'll explore strategies to remove barriers and promote equity in New Jersey's innovation landscape. You can view the full agenda here.

We hope you’ll join us as we work to shape a brighter and more equitable future for innovation. Secure your spot today by registering here at your earliest convenience! Please share this invitation with anyone you think would be interested in and benefit from attending.

Call for Chapters: Case-Studies on the Topic of Fostering Inclusive Scientific Societies

As part of the NSF-funded project Leveraging, Enhancing and Developing Biology (LED-BIO) Scientific Societies Shedding Light on Persistent Cultural Challenges, project leaders are organizing a book—a collection of chapters that highlight scientific or professional societies (all STEM disciplines, sizes, and regions welcome) as agents of change for more inclusive STEM communities and workforce. The goal is for each chapter to be a case study to facilitate the discussion of practical considerations when trying to make our disciplines and practice more inclusive.

The themes the editors are hoping to focus on are listed below, identified by their work so far as important considerations to establishing diverse and inclusive scientific communities:

  • Membership demographics data collection (as a mechanism for societies to know who they serve and membership)
  • Societies being inclusive of scientists experiencing career transitions (at all stages, not just early career stages)
  • Ensuring diverse society leadership ranks
  • All of the themes above do not exist in isolation, they are part of a larger discipline ecosystem. For this reason, additional related themes welcome.

Lexington Books, a publisher affiliated with Rowman & Littlefield, is very interested in the book and has commissioned a book proposal. As part of the proposal process, the editors are collecting titles, abstracts, authors bylines, and author bios. These will all be included in the proposal.

Why case studies? Case studies can be a powerful tool in revealing process and implementation details that can help societies take action. With this in mind the editors envision that each chapter/case study will be composed of the following sections:

  • *Title
  • *Author Byline
  • *Case Abstract (alongside keywords for indexing)
  • Society Context or Setting (authors provide context about the society in which the described approach was implemented or tried—for example, size, region, specific STEM discipline, and/or its relevant history)
  • Case Study (this is meant to be the main narrative and include relevant scenarios; you can divide this narrative into different sections or parts as needed to layer information or present different aspects of the case study to the reader. If you have data to share as part of the case study, this is welcome, although not required)
  • Discussion and Reflection Questions (we hope these questions will facilitate discussion and conversation of interested communities once the book is published)
  • References Cited

To secure a spot for your chapter/case study in the book proposal, please submit drafts of the first three sections (marked with an asterisk*) by December 1st, 2023 by file upload. The link for upload will be shared once you declare the intention to submit a draft of these elements.

Chapter word limit is flexible in the hope submission authors will feel empowered to take the space necessary, but be as concise as possible to facilitate readability of the case studies. More about formatting requirements and style will be shared once the chapter writing phase has begun.

The editors (see end of email for list) anticipate the book proposal disposition to arrive by late-January 2024 and Chapter/Case Study manuscript to be due by end of May 2024. Chapters will then be sent out to review. This timeline is subject to change as the process moves forward.

With this in mind, as you make your decisions and think about ideas for case studies, the editors want to make themselves available to meet and answer all your questions:

11/7/23; 11am-12 pm EST and 3-4 pm EST
11/21/23; 11am-12 pm EST and 3-4 pm EST
If you are interested in meeting and these dates do not work for you, appointments can be set up.

Thanks so much for your interest. For more information, to register for an interest session, or if you have any questions, please contact Verónica Segarra at


The Editors: Verónica Segarra (Goucher College), Candice Etson (Wesleyan University), Mercy Mugo & Taylor Lightner (Quality Education for Minorities Network), Robin Greenler (Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, & Learning at Univ. Wisconsin Madison) , Ashanti Edwards (American Society for Cell Biology), and Simone Soso (MSI STEM Research & Development Consortium)

2023 ADVANCE EiSCC Materials Available

Conference materials from the 2023 ADVANCE EiSCC have been uploaded to the ARC Network Resource Library! You can access all presentations and posters from this year and our 2022 convening.

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.

Project Director, Appalachian College Association

The Appalachian College Association seeks a Project Director to support its NSF ADVANCE Partnership project, "Appalachian Colleges Collaborating for Equity." This project aims to address the significant challenge of hiring and retaining women and underrepresented minorities in STEM faculty positions, particularly at small rural institutions in the Appalachian region. The position is full time, and location is flexible. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled; review of applications will begin September 25, 2023.

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.


Still Time to Register for Tomorrow's Women in Engineering Program Day

The Women in Engineering Program Day (WIEP)pays homage to WEPAN’s origins as an organization founded by Women in Engineering Program practitioners. Our third annual WIEP builds on the inaugural theme "calling us to remember our roots" and convenes practitioners and other stakeholders in the advancement of women in engineering to network, share resources, and discuss promising practices for supporting women in engineering.

WIEP includes a workshop by the NSF funded ADVANCE SPACES program PI and co-PI, Drs. Andrea Ferro and Lupita Montoya. Dr. Montoya is also a new WEPAN Board Member.

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Women of Color Summit Registration Open

The Women of Color Summit (WOCS) recognizes that, while critical to STEM fields, Women of Color are often underserved, under-resourced, and undervalued in their respective fields. The WOCS continues to raise awareness of both the common and the unique experiences of Women of Color as they navigate STEM careers while emphasizing the need to disaggregate WoC identifies in order to develop effective practices. The WOCS brings together Women of Color in STEM with individuals and organizations who authentically support WoC in thriving and advancing in their chosen fields. The first 25 registrants receive free WEPAN swag!

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VVS & ERW Digest

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

Save the Date! Cohort 5 Research Webinar

Erin Winterrowd, Associate Professor of Psychology and Director of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program, Regis University, will present on her VVS research and findings on December 13th, 3pm ET. Register at

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.

"Do ‘Women in STEM’ Programs Violate Title IX?" by L. Knox in Inside Higher Ed

"Civil rights complaints against initiatives for women in male-dominated STEM fields are piling up. But it’s not clear that such programs are actually illegal."

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.

Gender (in)equity in the academy: Subtle mechanisms and the production of inequality" by P. Roos & M. Gatta

“Researchers have shifted in recent years from explanations that posit overt discrimination as the causal mechanism producing gender inequity, to more subtle forms of favoritism and/or barriers to advancement. Working in the latter tradition, we focus on how subtle sex biases help to produce inequality anew in the academy, through nonconscious beliefs and attitudes that operate through workplace interactions, and through the use of subjective policies and procedures institutionalized in the academic workplace. We examine these issues with qualitative and quantitative data from an Arts & Sciences (A&S) unit of a public research university.”

"Creating Inclusive Department Climates in STEM Fields" by J. Misra, E. Mickey, E. Kanelee et al.

“Climate studies that measure equity and inclusion among faculty reveal widespread gender and race disparities in higher education. The chilly departmental climate that women and faculty of color experience is typically measured through university-wide surveys. Although inclusion plays out at the department level, research rarely focuses on departments. Drawing from 57 interviews with faculty in 14 science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) departments, we compare experiences with inclusion among faculty in the same departments and rank who differ by race and gender. Women of color perceive their departments as least inclusive, followed by White women, White men, and men of color (largely foreign born). Yet the organizational context of departments strongly shapes faculty perspectives on climate. Analyzing multiple perspectives on the same departments reveals inclusive, improving, and marginalizing departments, as explained by perceptions of representation, collegiality, and democratic leadership. ”

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