A team of researchers at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa has begun a survey of graduate students, faculty, postdocs, and staff as part of a new project aimed at increasing the number of underrepresented wāhine (women) faculty in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.
The UH Mānoa ADVANCE team, funded by a $300,000 award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) ADVANCE Catalyst program, is looking to develop a strategic plan involving diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) for the Mānoa campus. People from all disciplines are encouraged to take the survey, not just from STEM fields.
The team hopes that the survey will help shape the types of changes that will be needed to make UH Mānoa more inclusive and supportive of underrepresented women faculty in the sciences. (Participate in the survey if you are graduate students, postdocs, faculty and staff.)
“Please add your voice to our survey on gender equity and representation in the sciences and STEM-focused schools,” co-principal investigator Associate Specialist Healani Chang said.
Provost Michael Bruno is the principal investigator in this project.
“The survey will take about 15 minutes, but it is critical for the future of education and science in Hawaiʻi,” he said.
Input from survey participants is expected to give the team a better understanding of the obstacles and systemic barriers that may prevent the advancement of women in the STEM fields. The project will inform future gender equity models at UH Mānoa and other minority- and indigenous-serving institutions, and provide support for their work toward systemic change that improves career outcomes for women faculty in the STEM disciplines.