ADVANCE Faculty Networks

Network to Advance Faculty of Color

The Network to Advance Faculty of Color, which is composed of tenure track faculty across disciplines, is a collaboration between the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (ODEI) and the ADVANCE Program. The Network was created in the hope that opportunities to meet and share experiences would be valuable. The Network meets several times each year, providing faculty of color with opportunities to get to know one another and define institutional goals.


Winter Dinner-January 22, 2018
Prior to dinner, participants heard from a panel of faculty of color who have served or who are currently serving as U-M administrators.

Fall Dinner-September 25, 2017
Professor Alford Young led a workshop on being a change agent for diversity, followed by a networking dinner at the Ford Library.

Spring Dinner-May 15, 2017
Families are faculty members were included in this event, which featured a photo booth and a scavenger hunt.

Mentoring Workshop-March 22, 2017
Rackham's mentoring committee (MORE) offered a specialized workshop for faculty of color.

Winter Dinner-February 1, 2017
Graduate students of color joined faculty of color to network and share experiences

Workshop-Solo Success: How to Thrive in the Academy When You’re the Only____ in Your Department-October 14, 2016
Participants learned to identify common challenges under-represented faculty face on the tenure track and specific strategies for increasing productivity, serving strategically, teaching efficiently, and building strong and healthy professional relationships.

Fall Dinner-September 14, 2016
Dinner featured a faculty panel made up of senior faculty of color who shared some of their experiences and insights of being a faculty member at U-M.

Network to Advance Women Scientists and Engineers

The Network to Advance Women Scientists and Engineers, which is composed of tenure track faculty in science and engineering across the entire campus, meets several times each year to interact, to talk about issues the members have in common, and to develop plans for the future. Since its creation in 2002, a number of ADVANCE activities - many of the leadership development activities, the mentoring initiatives, the annual report to the campus about our progress - have emerged from the Network discussions. The Network provides women faculty in science and engineering with opportunities to define collective goals and to get to know one another.


Network Winter Lunch-January 31, 2018
Participants met for lunch at Palmer Commons to watch the CRLT performance of "Cuts", a piece on how to address student concerns about campus climate.

Book Discussion: Lab Girl, by Hope Jahrens-December 6, 2017
U-M Engineering professors Gretchen Keppel-Aleks and Allison Steiner led a discussion about the popular memoir of a scientist and her lab.

FALL DINNER-September 11, 2017
Faculty met for a dinner at the Botanical Gardens to network and welcome the new academic year.

Spring Dinner-April 18, 2017
Professor Erin Cech, an assistant professor of sociology at U-M, discussed her research on professional cultures of STEM and how these cultures can have built within them disadvantages for women, racial/ethnic minorities and LGBTQ persons.

Winter Book Discussion: Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard (Chip Heath and Dan Heath)-March 30, 2017
Participants discussed the difficulties in making lasting changes in their work and home environments.

WINTER LUNCH-January 24, 2017
Professor Elizabeth Armstrong, a sociology and organizational studies professor at U-M, discussed the implications of her book, Paying for the Party: How College Maintains Inequality (Harvard University Press 2013), From her study of undergraduate women at a Midwest university, she observes how few of the women in the study majored in STEM fields. She places this in the larger context of gender and major choice in the U.S., particularly on sociological scholarship on people who "indulge their gendered selves" when choosing majors.

BOOK DISCUSSION (Forget a Mentor) Find a Sponsor: The New Way to Fast-Track Your Career (Sylvia Ann Hewlett)-December 5, 2016
Participants discussed how sponsors can be effective in career development for women.

FALL DINNER-September 22, 2016
Faculty met for a dinner at the Botanical Gardens to network and receive updates on ADVANCE initiatives.

Single Faculty Network

According to many faculty who arrive in Ann Arbor single, or who become single while here, it can be challenging to develop and maintain an active network of friends and people with interests in common. The ADVANCE Program has been working with a small group of faculty to develop a voluntary Single Faculty Network. This network is purely social, and provides an opportunity for single faculty to meet other single faculty who may share interests in a low-key setting. The aim is to make Ann Arbor a more welcoming and inclusive community to this group of faculty who sometimes feel vastly outnumbered by their partnered colleagues.

For upcoming single faculty events or to be added to the faculty network email group, please contact


Single Faculty Network Reception-Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Single faculty are invited to a happy hour at the Bar at Braun Court. Enjoy appetizers and beverages in a relaxed and casual setting.

Volunteer Opportunity with Food Gatherers-October 21, 2017
Food Gatherers rescues several tons of food daily that volunteers help process, inspect, and sort. Volunteers helped sort food and repackaged bulk items. After the volunteer opportunity, faculty met at Carson's for refreshments and networking.

Single Faculty Reception-March 21, 2017
Single faculty met at the newly opened Session Room restaurant and enjoyed drinks and appetizers in a lively setting.

Single Faculty Reception-October 25, 2016
Single faculty were invited to a reception at the Kelsey Museum, where they enjoyed drinks and appetizers in a relaxed and casual setting. They also had the opportunity to visit the exhibits after-hours at the museum.

Please contact for additional information about these faculty networks.

U-M LGBT Faculty Alliance

ADVANCE is collaborating with the U-M LGBT Faculty Alliance on several networking events. The U-M LGBT Faculty Alliance was started in 1992 and focuses on LGBT university policies, curriculum development, students’ academic/career needs and faculty support. All U-M faculty are welcome to join the Alliance. To join the private e-mail group, please send an e-mail to:

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