Underrepresented Women

Roundtable Events

UD ADVANCE has hosted three Roundtable events for UD administrators (provosts, deans, chairs) featuring external and internal faculty-of-color panelists. The events included brief presentations by the panelists and interactive discussions. Each event resulted in a written summary of recommendations or best practices, which can be accessed via the links below.

Fall 2020: Retaining Underrepresented Women (URW) – The unique experience of women faculty of color

Fall 2018: Best Practices for Recruiting and Retaining Faculty of Color

Spring 2015: Recommendations for Recruiting and Retaining Faculty of Color at UD (written by external panel)

2021 Research Brief: “Improving Diversity and Climate at UD: Experiences of Women of Color Faculty”

Prior UD ADVANCE research shows that rates of turnover for women of color faculty at UD outpace that of their white colleagues and that faculty of color perceive their departmental climate as less positive than white faculty. UD ADVANCE conducted in-depth interviews with 27 women of color faculty at UD to better understand their experiences. Drawing from themes that occurred across the interviews, we report specific recommendations our respondents made as to steps UD can take to improve recruitment, retention, and advancement for faculty of color, improve campus DEI efforts, and promote an inclusive campus climate. Read the full research brief here. 

Slides from presentation on this research project, 2/2/22, co-sponsored by UD Honors College and the UD Anti-Racism Initiative

2016 National Research Conference

In 2016, UD ADVANCE held a national research conference titled, “Women of Color in the Academy: What’s Next?”. Focusing on faculty women of color, especially in STEM fields, this research conference brought together faculty, administrators, students, and industry and government representatives to discuss & learn about cutting-edge research on the recruitment, retention, advancement, and leadership of faculty women of color, highlighting their lived experiences.

Access conference materials, including speaker videos and key takeaways, here.