The ADVANCE Seminar is the centerpiece of our OREGON STATE ADVANCE project and provides participants an opportunity to develop action plans to implement their learning in their own areas of influence on campus. The 60-hour seminar is an interactive learning experience centered on analyzing the operations of difference, power, and privilege in higher education, with particular attention to STEM disciplines. It provides opportunities to explore structural inequities within the university and to imagine a transformed future in which institutional structures and personal behaviors are both professionally and personally life-affirming for people across their differences. The goal is to help participants develop skills and tools to create a more inclusive, equitable, and just work environment at Oregon State University.
The ADVANCE Summer Seminar is offered twice each summer at the end of years 1-4. If you would like to participate in an upcoming seminar please contact OREGON STATE ADVANCE for dates and eligibility requirements.
So that we we can be responsive to our environments and apply new understanding to the policies and procedures that relate to project goals. View examples of how seminar participants are applying their new understanding.
The ADVANCE Seminar introduces participants to systems of oppression theory and difference, power, and discrimination concepts; challenges existing ideologies and stereotypes; and offers alternative and inclusive understandings of the relations of power and privilege in STEM to institutionalize equitable, inclusive, and just practices in the academic workplace. The power of the seminar for institutional transformation comes from its “sensemaking” of personal experiences of discrimination within institutions. Literature on general institutional transformation suggests that efforts to make sense of the ways difference, power, and privilege construct institutional experiences is an important factor in successful transformation.
There are a multitude of benefits to the concentrated immersion experience of the nine-day, 60-hour seminar. They include, but are not limited to the following: