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Promoting gender diversity in STEM faculty through leadership development: From local and national leadership workshops to the online LEAD-it-Yourself! toolkit

Joyce Yen (ADVANCE Center for Institutional Change, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, USA)
Eve A. Riskin (College of Engineering, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, USA)
Cara Margherio (Center for Evaluation & Research for STEM Equity, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, USA)
Jan H. Spyridakis (Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, USA)
Coleen M. Carrigan (Department of Social Sciences, College of Liberal Arts, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, California, USA)
Ana Mari Cauce (Office of the President, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, USA)

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

ISSN: 2040-7149

Article publication date: 8 January 2019

Issue publication date: 4 April 2019

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Abstract

Purpose

The advancement of equity, diversity and inclusion in higher education is dependent on institutional culture changes in academia. Faculty equity, diversity and inclusion efforts must engage departmental leadership. The purpose of this paper is to describe the growth and expansion of the ADVANCE leadership program at the University of Washington (UW) for department chairs that was designed to provide department chairs the skills, community and information needed to be agents of change within the academy.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper chronicles the program’s growth from a campus-based workshop program to national workshops (LEAD) to a web-based toolkit (LiY!) to support institutions in running their own UW ADVANCE-inspired leadership workshops.

Findings

The paper demonstrates the success of each growth stage and the expansion of program impact.

Practical implications

The paper offers recommendations for growing a model from a local to national scale and adapting the described leadership development model at other institutions.

Originality/value

The paper shares a successful model for equipping department chairs to be advocates of gender equity, diversity and inclusion in STEM and to be change agents in higher education.

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Citation

Yen, J., Riskin, E.A., Margherio, C., Spyridakis, J.H., Carrigan, C.M. and Cauce, A.M. (2019), "Promoting gender diversity in STEM faculty through leadership development: From local and national leadership workshops to the online LEAD-it-Yourself! toolkit", Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, Vol. 38 No. 3, pp. 382-398. https://doi.org/10.1108/EDI-09-2017-0181

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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