OREGON STATE ADVANCE is an Institutional Transformation (IT) grant 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. At Oregon State University we strive to create an equitable work environment for women and others from traditionally underrepresented groups through a series of new and unique programs.

These programs focus on educating university faculty and administrators 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 centerpiece is an ADVANCE summer seminar where faculty are educated on how gender-based inequality in the workplace can be removed through changing our behaviors. Activities aimed at recognizing and reducing discrimination of women and underrepresented groups in STEM can be used at other universities. Learn more about our Initiatives & Programs.