Welcome to ADVANCE-IMPACT at Georgia State University, a partnership between Georgia State and Florida International University supported by the National Science Foundation’s ADVANCE Program.
Learn more about ADVANCE-IMPACT at Georgia State, our aims, strategies and more below.
The NSF ADVANCE program’s goal is to broaden the implementation of evidence-based systemic change strategies that promote equity for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) faculty in academic workplaces and the academic profession. The NSF ADVANCE program provides grants to enhance the systemic factors that support equity and inclusion and to mitigate the systemic factors that create inequities in the academic profession and workplaces. Learn more about NSF ADVANCE at this link.
ADVANCE-IMPACT at Georgia State
With the support of a $1 million ADVANCE adaptation grant from the NSF, the goal of ADVANCE-IMPACT (Intersectionality and Mentoring in the Professoriate for Advancement, Community and Transformation) is to adapt and implement practices at the university aimed at increasing the number of women, particularly women from underrepresented minority (URM) backgrounds, who are recruited, promoted, and retained in STEM tenure track positions and in Georgia State leadership by forming a partnership between Georgia State and Florida International University (FIU).
ADVANCE-IMPACT will adapt proven programs and procedures to achieve four key objectives as listed below.
In collaboration with FIU, we will adapt proven programs and procedures to:
Aim 1: Recruitment for Diversity & Excellence
Georgia State will adapt and implement the Strategies and Tactics for Recruiting to Improve Diversity and Excellence (STRIDE) for recruitment and hiring in collaboration with FIU. This program has been empirically demonstrated to increase recruitment of diverse faculty in many institutions by providing workshops on best practices for producing a diverse pool and for recruiting and evaluating diverse candidates fairly and consistently.
Aim 2: Bystander Leadership Program
Georgia State will adopt and adapt FIU’s Bystander Leadership Program (BLP) in collaboration with FIU to raise awareness among STEM faculty and administrators about implicit biases and their impact on women and underrepresented minority (URM) faculty.
Aim 3: Faculty Mentoring
Georgia State will collaborate with FIU to adapt and implement the University of Michigan’s mentoring program. Mentorship is considered one of the most crucial factors in a faculty member’s success, and the benefits include enhanced productivity, professional development, advancement, job satisfaction, retention and greater access to opportunities.
Aim 4: Policy Review for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Best Practices
The IMPACT Policy Review Committee will assist with the development and review of policies and procedures that impact the recruitment, retention, and advancement of women and URM faculty from URMs in STEM. The focus during the grant period will be on policies and procedures for service distribution and faculty review and promotion, with the long-term (beyond the life of the current NSF funding) goal of participating routinely in developing and reviewing other policies and procedures that impact women in STEM and URM faculty, such as flexible work, dual career, and retention policies.
An intersectional approach guides the design, implementation, and evaluation of all proposed activities.