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Advancing STEM Women in the Academy

WAVES: Women Academics Valued and Engaged in STEM

The NSF ADVANCE award allows researchers at UMass Lowell and UMass Medical School to advance the study of gender bias in the workplace. The team focuses on creating new metrics and tools for the assessment and quantification of subtle gender biases and other causes of micro-inequities—the accumulation of subtle biases over a long period of time.

The WAVES team is delighted to announce that the National Science Foundation has awarded a $3.5 million, five-year grant to UMass Lowell for ‘Making WAVES’ - an initiative to increase diversity and inclusion in STEM fields. The grant is an institutional transformation grant and the project will be led by the Center for Women & Work.

The goal of the UMass Lowell NSF ADVANCE-IT Making WAVES project is to create an academic environment that supports STEM women to achieve to their highest potential by disrupting interpersonal and institutional microaggressions that undercut their productivity and well-being.

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.

The interventions associated with the WAVES project aim to:

  • Disrupt subtle biases and microaggressions
  • Promote alternative support networks for STEM faculty
  • Address organizational policies and practices that can breed bias

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Project Kickoff Event!

Making-WAVES-Kickoff-Flyer-1400-optJoin us at February 2, 2017 from 3-6 p.m. at Alumni Hall as we celebrate the official kickoff of Making WAVES, an NSF funded initiative to promote the success of women faculty in STEM fields. Hear from speakers including Dr. Pan Conrad of NASA, UMass Lowell Chancellor Jacquie Moloney and more!

Check out the Kickoff flyer (pdf) to learn more.