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ADVANCE Building Relationships to Increase Diversity and Gender Equity (BRIDGE)

The BRIDGE is a grant from the National Science Foundation's (NSF) ADVANCE program.  NSF goal is to increase the representation and advancement of women in academic science and engineering careers,
thereby contributing to the development of a more diverse science and engineering workforce.

 

​The University of Hawaii Community College (UHCC) System, in partnership with University of Hawaii Hilo (UHH), will identify and address unique obstacles to the retention and career progress of STEM women faculty of different race and ethnic groups in the context of seven remote community college campuses.

 

The interventions for 165 women faculty that will be implemented will have both regional and national impacts, as the methods build on “best practices” of mentoring and coaching that address the unique challenges of geographic isolation. These interventions also have the potential to be scaled to other STEM faculty within the larger UH system, consisting of 10 campuses total, and other fields, such as the social sciences.

 

BRIDGE builds on the groundwork of UHH’s NSF ADVANCE Catalyst Exploring Diversity and Gender Equity
(EDGE)
project completed in 2015.

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We believe all women can embrace who they are,
can define their future, and can change the world.

Our Mission

The BRIDGE project is to implement sustainable and effective approaches to develop a pipeline of women researchers and educators in all STEM fields in Hawaii. 

Project objectives support the overall goal:

  • Conduct comprehensive institutional assessments, using an intersectional lens approach, at seven two-year UH campuses, to better understand the issues and obstacles that currently face retention and career progression for women in STEM fields; and

  • Implement a set of interventions which respond to issues identified in the institutional assessments and which can be sustained and scaled in the future.

 

NSF ADVANCE

The goal of the National Science Foundation's (NSF) ADVANCE program is to increase the representation and advancement of women in academic science and engineering careers, thereby contributing to the development of a more diverse science and engineering workforce.  NSF ADVANCE encourages institutions of higher education . . . to address various aspects of STEM academic culture and institutional structure that may differentially affect women faculty and academic administrators.

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