The goal of the NSF's ADVANCE program is 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.  ADVANCE encourages institutions of higher education and the broader science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) community, including professional societies and other STEM-related not-for-profit organizations, to address various aspects of STEM academic culture and institutional structure that may differentially affect women faculty and academic administrators. As such, ADVANCE is an integral part of the NSF’s multifaceted strategy to broaden participation in the STEM workforce, and supports the critical role of the Foundation in advancing the status of women in academic science and engineering.

The University of Michigan ADVANCE program was a grant recipient in Cohort I, and Grand Valley was a partner institution of UM in the PAID subprogram.

Alphabet Soup

NSF = National Science Foundation PAID = Partnerships for Adaptation, Implementation, and Dissemination

ADVANCE = Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers

STRIDE = Strategies and Tactics for Recruiting to Improve Diversity and Excellence

UM = an Unnamed Michigan research university. In Ann Arbor.


While the grant is finished, much of what was learned continues on as a part of the Inclusion Advocate Program from the Division of Inclusion and Diversity.

What you will find updated on this website are the:

  • Resources Page - links to equity education materials used at GVSU and other universities to promote excellence through diversity.
  • Literature - Academic resources to develop understanding of these important yet complex and often baffling issues.

Page last modified October 29, 2018