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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 a new 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 initiative led by the Center for Women & Work. The goal of the WAVES project is to implement interventions to disrupt interpersonal and institutional microaggressions that undermine the productivity and well-being of women STEM faculty.

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.

To chronicle the experiences of faculty (ALL genders) with microaggressions, both personally experienced and/or witnessed, and their relationship to employees job satisfaction and well-being, the Daily Bias Survey is collecting daily data of participants' workplace experiences regarding how often microaggressions occur, how they are dealt with and their consequences. Click the button to know about this national study.

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