The National Science Foundation (NSF) ADVANCE IT Program strives to increase the participation of women in academic science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers with funding opportunities for individuals and organizations to help pursue these goals. The goals of the ADVANCE IT program are (1) to develop systemic approaches to increase the representation and advancement of women in academic STEM careers; (2) to develop innovative and sustainable ways to promote gender equity in the STEM academic workforce; and (3) to contribute to the development of a more diverse science and engineering workforce. ADVANCE IT also has as its goal to contribute to and inform the general knowledge base on gender equity in the academic STEM disciplines. Visit the NSF ADVANCE Website.

The North Carolina A&T State University ADVANCE IT project is a catalyst for university-wide systemic changes that increase the representation of women at all levels. Noting a severe underrepresentation of women in tenured and tenure-track STEM faculty positions in the university, the NC A&T ADVANCE IT project will work to create an environment conducive to the growth, development, and advancement of all faculty, but particularly women. NC A&T ADVANCE IT will focus on three major objectives:

Objective 1. Increase recruitment, retention and advancement of women in STEM/SBS at NC A&T by building a strategic pipeline for academic and professional success;

Objective 2.
Increase opportunities for sustained achievement for all faculty by creating a whole campus culture of excellence in STEM research and scholarship; and

Objective 3.
Increase the knowledge of roles of gender and gender/race intersectionality within the academy. 

Project Leadership

PI: Dr. Beryl McEwen, NC. A&T Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

Dr. Goldie S. Byrd, Director. The Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity (MACHE), Wake Forest University

Dr. Robin Coger, Dean – N.C. A&T College of Engineering

Dr. Stephanie Luster-Teasley, Chair – N.C. A&T Civil, Architectural, Environmental Engineering

Dr. Margaret Kanipes, Interim Director- N.C. A&T University Honors Program

SBS Study: Dr. Maya Corneille, Associate Professor – N.C. A&T College of Health and Human Sciences

Dr. Anna Lee, Associate Professor – N.A. C&T College of Health and Human Sciences