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Advancing STEM Women in the Academy

Making WAVES: Women Academics Valued and Engaged in STEM

Intervention diagram for Microaggressions. Microaggressions are verbal, non-verbal, and/or environmental snubs/insults that slight based on gender and other marginalized group membership; they are notoriously difficult to address. survey results at UMass Lowell indicate that women STEM faculty experience a disproportionate number of microaggressions.

Making WAVES is an initiative to increase diversity of faculty in STEM fields funded by the National Science Foundation ADVANCE Program. The $3.5 million, five-year grant to UMass Lowell is for an institutional transformation program led by the Center for Women & Work. The goal of the WAVES project, which began in September 2016, is to implement interventions to:

  1. disrupt interpersonal and institutional microaggressions that undermine the productivity and well-being of women STEM faculty,
  2. establish innovative mentoring approaches, and
  3. promote equitable policies and procedures.

Microaggressions are verbal, non-verbal, and/or environmental snubs/insults that slight based on gender and other marginalized group membership; they are notoriously difficult to address. Survey results at UMass Lowell indicate that women STEM faculty experience a disproportionate number of microaggressions.

Go to the Initiatives page to learn more about our specific goals and interventions: 

UMass Lowell MAKING WAVES Initiatives

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