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Webinar: Meet the Sixth VVS Cohort

The ARC Network is excited to begin another year of Virtual Visiting Scholar Programming! The VVS program annually supports 2-4 selected scholars to complete metasyntheses and meta-analyses of existing literature on topics relevant to equity in STEM.Join us for a webinar on Thursday, September 28, 3-4pm ET as we introduce the 6th cohort to discuss their work, motivations, and VVS projects.

  • Brooke Coley, PhD, Assistant Professor and Founding Executive Director, Center for RARE JUSTICE, Arizona State University
  • Jessica Gold, PhD, Postdoctoral Researcher, Northeastern University

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Still Time to Register for Today's ERW Webinar

There's still time to register for today's webinar on "Cultivating Equity in STEM Through Inclusive Language."

The ARC Network convened scholars from multiple disciplines for a two-day workshop to prioritize under-studied research questions under the general theme of Problematic STEM Jargon. This webinar features a panel of workshop participants to discuss themes from the workshop and approaches to moving from research to action. We are excited to welcome experts Leah Ceccarelli, El Lower, and Desiree Forsyth in a discussion moderated by ARC Network Project Director Virginia Rhodes.

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Save the Date! Cohort 5 Research Webinars

  • Sue Rosser VVS Webinar - November 9th, 3pm ET
  • Erin Winterrowd VVS Webinar - December 13th, 3pm ET

ACCESS+ Offers Free DEI Self-Assessment Tool for Professional Societies

The Amplifying the Alliance to Catalyze Change for Equity in STEM Success (ACCESS+) is excited to offer the Equity Environmental Scanning Tool (EEST) for free under a Creative Commons license. The EEST is a comprehensive DEI self-assessment tool. In addition to assisting professional societies in discerning both strengths and areas for attention, it also centralizes data and provides direction for actionable changes.

“We hope this self-assessment tool will help professional societies stimulate internal conversations as they assess their DEI performance,” says Dr. Ershela Sims, PI of ACCESS+ and Executive Director of WEPAN.

The EEST is comprised of three sections. The first section is organized according to twelve functional areas that are typical of society operation, such as membership and publishing. The second section asks for information on a series of DEI performance measurement questions for each of the twelve areas. The third section consists of open-ended questions to identify society DEI successes and challenges.

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Call for Theater Scripts for Advancing Equity in the Workplace: Volume 1

The University of Memphis’s ASPIRED project, which established the Tiger-Lilly Collective (TLC) theatre group, is currently seeking proposals for a theater sketch that effectively addresses diversity and equity concepts while considering divisive language legislation in the creative process.

Recommended topics include implicit bias, work-life balane, tenure & promotion, harassment, department climate, gender equity, equal opportunity, and COVID impact on research. Please submit your script on the above topics or any other related topic of choice with your name and affiliation to for review.

The aim is to respond and/or provide feedback within two weeks to let you know whether or not we wish to further engage with your work. Once we accept your work, we will send a contributor contract. To submit a script or ask about the process, please email the executive director of TLC and PI of NSF ADVANCE, Dr. Esra Ozdenerol, at

The TLC gets its name from Lilly Ledbetter, the plaintiff in the Supreme Court case for equal pay for women that eventually prompted President Obama to sign the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009. This name connects the UM Tigers with this pioneer and this important piece of legislation. TLC actors are UofM students from the Theater department. Through this program, ASPIRED has created interactive theater sketches on implicit bias, tenure and promotion, and work-life issues as well as case studies for our search committee trainings. The TLC is compiling a script book to use theater in advancing equity in teaching, learning, and institutional climate while adhering to current divisive language legislation. A paperback and eBook will be made available through Amazon.

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, 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.


WEPAN Accelerator Program

While we welcome all who are interested, the WEPAN Accelerator Program Days are structured to empower and educate women and non-binary people in STEM in their entrepreneurship and commercialization journey. Applying an intersectional framework, we center people with multiple marginalized identities integrating contexts of systemic oppression and social stratification that influence access to support, resources, and critical knowledge. WEPAN is proud to partner with the AAC&U Convergence Program to provide professional and entrepreneurial development for BIPOC Women in STEM.

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  • Day 1 - October 10, 11am-3pm ET:  Welcome, Introductions, & Expectations; Values, Vision, & Impact; Problem, Customers, & Solution
  • Day 2 - October 11, 2-4pm ET: WEPAN Accelerator Webinar: Claiming Your Power, Community Mixer
  • Day 3 - October 12, 11am-2pm ET: Pitch Prep, Value Proposition & Assumption Testing, Business Model & Traction, Optional Office Hours
  • Day 4 - October 16, 11am-1pm ET: Additional Optional Office Hours
  • Day 5 - October 17, 12pm-4pm ET: Pitch Event, Mentor Mixer

The WEPAN Accelerator is a 2021 winner of the Small Business Administration’s Growth Accelerator Fund Competition. The 2023 WEPAN Accelerator Program Days are co-sponsored by the National Science Foundation's Technology, Innovation and Partnerships and Translational Impacts (TIP/TI) Directorate.

Women in Engineering Program Day Registration Open

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. The first 25 registrants receive free WEPAN swag!
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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.

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.

"Most Governing Boards Don’t Reflect Student Diversity" by K. Palmer in Inside Higher Ed

"Governing boards of colleges and universities wield tremendous power, including the authority to appoint presidents, set tuition rates and vote on policy changes. But emerging research is questioning the relationship between the diversity of board members and student success. It comes at a time when the rising political influence of some governing boards is increasingly shaping student and faculty experiences."

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.

Understanding Gendered Microaggressions as Part of Systems of Oppression in Academic STEM Workplaces" by R. Warner, K. Furman, M. Bothwell et al

“This chapter examines the impact of the NSF funded OREGON STATE ADVANCE Seminar on STEM women faculty and senior administrators' understandings of, experiences with and responses to gender-based microaggressions in the academy. The 60-hour immersive ADVANCE Seminar is grounded in systems of oppression theories that call attention to the need for seeing everyday microaggressions as embedded within academic structures and practices (e.g., meetings, classrooms, laboratories, and field sites). Critical pedagogies, with embodied learning activities, gave participants opportunities to practice bias interruption strategies.”

"Challenging gendered microaggressions in the academy: A social–ecological analysis of bystander action among faculty" by M. Haynes-Baratz, M. Bond, C. Allen et al

“Despite increasing numbers, women faculty are still underrepresented at higher ranks and in leadership positions in the professoriate. Recent research suggests that gendered microaggressions, a particular expression of subtle gender bias, have a powerful, cumulative negative impact on women faculty's access to research support and advancement. Bystander interventions are a promising avenue to mitigate their impact. However, little is known about the factors that encourage and/or present barriers to bystander action around microaggressions in the academic work environment-arguably, critical information required in order to design an effective workplace intervention program.”

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