The goal of the ADVANCE Center is to increase the number and success of women faculty in the science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and behavioral sciences fields by recruiting more diverse faculty, providing clear opportunities for advancement and career development, and providing an inclusive and balanced work environment.
ADVANCE achieves this goal through a number of programs and intiatives aimed to meet the overarching goals of the ADVANCE Center. Through the collective work of an internal advisory committee, an external advisory board, ADVANCE advocates, and partnership with the 24 departments in the science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and behavioral science fields, the UH investigator team leads the efforts of the NSF grant.
UH is the fifth institution of higher education in Texas to receive an NSF ADVANCE IT award, joining the University of Texas at El Paso, Rice University, Texas A&M University, and the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. ADVANCE unites participating institutions in their efforts to expand the pool of talented people and provide opportunities. Increasing the number of women in STEM fields who choose a career in academia – including women of color – will strengthen our institutions and more equitably utilize the exceptional talents of our diverse citizenry.