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Targeting Equity in Access to Mentoring (TEAM) ADVANCE promotes accessible, equitable, and effective mentoring across the University, with emphasis on supporting women of color and white women in STEM fields. TEAM ADVANCE leverages the expertise and resources of the University’s faculty, staff, and support units to develop and implement mentoring frameworks informed by intersectionality. Our aim is to create systemic climate change in STEM units, with an eye toward sustainability and support for disciplines across the University.

TEAM ADVANCE is fully funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF Award 1760187) for just under $1 million over a three-year period. We are housed in the Center for Faculty Excellence, work in partnership with Carolina Women’s Center, and have a diverse, experienced project team. Our partnerships are strategic to ensure our programs and resources are accessible to departments and units across campus, and to serve the University beyond the life of our grant.

Our interventions follow a multilevel approach to creating a lasting culture of inclusive mentoring:

  • Establish and collaborate with the Special Assistant to the Provost for TEAM ADVANCE to ensure consistent faculty mentoring program implementation and accountability across the University.
  • Provide educational programs and resources to deans, chairs, and campus leadership to promote intersectionality-informed mentoring programs.
  • Provide educational programs and resources to faculty mentors to support their capacity to provide holistic mentoring for early- and mid-career faculty.
  • Provided cohort-based workshops, seminars, and peer mentoring to early- and mid-career faculty mentees.

A full slate of programs and resources will launch in Fall 2019.

UNC-Chapel Hill’s STEM disciplines reflect national trends:

  • Women are underrepresented at each tenure rank and overrepresented in non-tenure track positions, compared to men.
  • Men are more likely to request and lead funded research projects, compared to women.
  • Women reported less access to mentoring, compared to men.
  • Non-white faculty reported less access to mentoring, compared to white faculty at all ranks.

Furthermore, STEM women have reported experiencing gendered barriers to mentoring that slow their professional progress, hamper their research, and isolate them. Women of color face even greater challenges at the intersection of race and gender. There are also differences in culture and practice across STEM departments that impact career development, satisfaction, and attrition.

Our STEM faculty need mentoring at the early career and mid-career ranks to address the intersectional inequities that women of color and white women face, especially in research, leadership, and teaching.

Our focus on systemic climate change in STEM units is in keeping with the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) ADVANCE program, and is in direct response to the inequities women of color and white women face pursuing tenure and promotion or position of leadership.

At the same time, we are eager to engage all departments and schools to understand how our programs and resources can provide support across the University. A culture of equitable and effective mentoring must include all leadership and faculty to support all faculty through their professional development.

Center for Faculty Excellence

The Center for Faculty Excellence is UNC-Chapel Hill’s pan-University faculty development center. Its mission is to enable faculty members in all disciplines to reach their goals in teaching, research, and leadership throughout their careers.Visit the CFE’s resource pages for Senior Faculty, Mid-Career Faculty, and Early-Career Faculty.

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Carolina Women’s Center

The Carolina Women’s Center contributes to making the University a more inclusive environment by celebrating achievements towards gender equity and by ensuring there are no gender-based barriers to success. The CWC serves the entire campus community of students, faculty, staff, and postdoctoral fellows.

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Office for Diversity and Inclusion Resources

The Office for Diversity and Inclusion offers opportunities and resources to learn from peers and others about diversity, equity, and inclusion within the Carolina community and beyond.

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