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Advancing gender equity and inclusion in STEM

Sastry Pantula, College of Science Dean and member of OREGON STATE ADVANCE Working Group

It's been a busy summer so far for the OREGON STATE ADVANCE Working Group for Equity and Inclusion. For the past two weeks, the team has been participating in a summer seminar to identify initiatives that would educate OSU's campus community about how gender, race/ethnicity, social class, and other aspects of identity combine to disadvantage women in academic Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).

The summer program is the centerpiece of OREGON STATE ADVANCE. The goal is to educate faculty and administrators on how gender-based inequality in the workplace can be removed by changing behavior. The group engaged in activities to help them recognize and reduce discrimination of women and underrepresented groups in STEM.

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ADVANCE Working Group on Equity and Inclusion

A strong and tireless champion of diversity, equity and inclusion, College of Science Dean Sastry Pantula is part of the OREGON STATE ADVANCE Working Group. The College is deeply committed to creating a diverse and inclusive science community.

OREGON STATE ADVANCE is an Institutional Transformation (IT) grant that was funded in the fall of 2014 by the National Science Foundation. The IT award aims to transform an entire institutional setting to be a more equitable academic environment for women scientists. OSU is striving to create an equitable work environment for women and others from traditionally underrepresented groups through a series of new and unique programs.

OREGON STATE ADVANCE is a campus-wide entity, endorsed by senior-level administrators, that enhances and supports gender equity for women in STEM by devising solutions and methods to measure indicators of success.

Learn more about ADVANCE Initiatives & Programs.