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UD ADVANCE is an Institutional Transformation grant that began in August 2014 with support from the National Science Foundation’s ADVANCE Program. ADVANCE is aimed at implementing systemic approaches to increase the representation and advancement of women faculty in academic science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers, thereby contributing to the development of a more diverse science and engineering workforce.

In 1976, only 17 percent of STEM doctoral degrees in the U.S. were earned by women. Three decades later, that number had risen to 40 percent, but the representation of women in academic STEM faculty and administrative positions has not wholly reflected these gains.

UD ADVANCE seeks to achieve the full participation and equitable advancement of women in STEM positions through mentoring, research, policy review, education and coordination of activities and discussions of diversity across the campus.

Welcome to our journey toward a campus where an improved climate for women yields benefits for all of our faculty.