Stakeholder Convening Report

Outlines ideas necessary to position the ARC Network as the driver of STEM equity

Executive Summary

This report gathers the ideas and results generated from the inaugural ADVANCE Resource and Coordination (ARC) Network stakeholder convening. In September 2018, 32 researchers and practitioners from higher education institutions and professional organizations convened to help position the ARC Network as the driver of STEM equity. The convening explained the programmatic initiatives and roles of each stakeholder group to members of the ARC Network Research Board, External Advisory Committee and Communities of Practice.

First, this report describes how the agenda was developed and the themes that emerged from one-on-one interviews with stakeholders.  the ARC Network Evaluation Team interviewed nine ARC Network stakeholders representing the ARC Network Research Board, External Advisory Committee and Communities of Practice. Interviewees provided insight on key components of the ARC Network which, in turn, informed the content and structure for the convening.

Second, the report explains the presentations and activities associated with themes identified from stakeholder interviews. The community can position the ARC Network as the driver of STEM equity by pursuing three themes.

The report concludes with how the ARC Network will move forward in the next year based on feedback from the inaugural stakeholder convening. Feedback from the convening will be incorporated as the online platform prepares for its 2019 launch. Also being developed are training materials for the ARC Network online community platform that account for different user experiences, customizing trainings to meet the needs of researchers and practitioners. Stakeholders produced a detailed list of additional individuals and organizations to invite into the ARC Network, not only as members but also as decision-makers and community leaders. Finally, based on stakeholder feedback, the ARC Network Ambassadors training module has been developed in order to broaden outreach efforts, targeting diverse audiences who have traditionally not been a part of the ADVANCE community.

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Funded by the National Science Foundation ADVANCE Program, Award HRD-1740860, the ADVANCE Resource and Coordination (ARC) Network seeks to achieve gender equity for faculty in higher education science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. As the STEM equity brain trust, the ARC Network promotes systemic change by producing new perspectives, methods and interventions with an intersectional, intentional and inclusive lens. The leading advocate for women in STEM the Association for Women in Science (AWIS) serves as the backbone organization of the ARC Network.

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