With funds from the Provost and support from the Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity, this pilot program is designed to involve male faculty in the transformation of departmental cultures and practices by gaining a better understanding of issues of bias and privilege and raising awareness of strategies to promote engagement and equity. It is adapted from an NSF-ADVANCE* grant program initially developed in 2008 at NDSU and has been successfully adopted by several universities since that time.

Advocates are male faculty who educate themselves about issues of gender [in]equity, participate in train the trainer workshops, and who lead structured workshops with faculty colleagues, Allies, to raise awareness about what to watch for and how to be a champion for equity and inclusion for all faculty. 

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*NSF-ADVANCE serves to promote development of systemic approaches to increase the representation and advancement of women in academic science and engineering careers, thereby contributing to the development of a more diverse science and engineering workforce.