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Programs, resources, and research supporting faculty recruitment, retention, climate, and leadership.

Our Mission

The ADVANCE Program focuses on four areas relevant to the success of a diverse and excellent faculty: recruitment, retention, climate, and leadership development. Together, these encompass not only multiple stages of faculty careers but also multiple mechanisms by which faculty diversity and excellence at U-M are enhanced. The strategies we use to address our goals can be broadly categorized as: research and evaluation; knowledge and skill development; community building; and resources and support.

Initially focusing on institutional transformation with respect to women faculty in science and engineering fields (2002 NSF ADVANCE IT Grant proposal), the program has expanded to address necessary institutional changes to support the needs of a diverse faculty in all fields. Many of the strategies we develop also are relevant to postdoctoral fellows, students, and staff. As such, we consult and collaborate with various campus constituents and welcome requests to tailor our programs to specific institutional needs or goals.

ADVANCE works directly with many departments, schools and colleges to support their efforts to bring positive changes to the work environment. We also offer many documents (handbooks, and handouts), research reports, lists of resources and programs (workshops, group discussions, seminars) that are designed to facilitate departmental, school and college efforts.

Campus-wide DEI effort

Annual Highlights

The document below shows highlights from the last year at ADVANCE. This includes information about special research projects, programming, and events.

ADVANCE 20th Anniversary Symposium

On March 25, 2022 the ADVANCE Program produced a symposium event considering the past, current, and future directions of ADVANCE. ADVANCE@20: Celebrating Research, Advocacy and Action for Faculty Equity included a reception where colleagues reminisced about the past, and discussed the future of ADVANCE. Click here for more details and a full symposium schedule. 

ADVANCE Program Address

University of Michigan
1214 S. University Avenue
2nd Floor, Suite C - Galleria Building
Ann Arbor, MI 48104-2592

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Phone: 734.647.6115
Fax: 734.647.6112
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