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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