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UC LEAF

LEAF Initiatives

1. Improve the pipeline for women faculty in STEM by broadening recruitment, improving hiring, increasing retention, and promoting advancement.

Bottom-Up: for junior, mid, late career women

  • 3 professional workshop series
  • Grants programming: research, training, leadership

Top-Down: for administrators, search/RPT committees

  • Training Workshops: recruitment, hiring, retention, advancement
  • Best Practices Seminars

Objectives: Increase...

  • % of qualified women/WOC candidates for STEM positions
  • % of women/WOC hired for STEM positions at all levels
  • % of tenure-track women/WOC tenured to associate professor, and promoted to full professor

Goals: 

  • Increase representation across all departments to surpass national averages
2. Transform the climate for STEM faculty by creating social and collaborative mentoring networks to promote intellectual progress, equity, and an inclusive culture.

Bottom-Up: for junior, mid, late career women

  • Learning Communities
  • Visiting Scholars Program

Top-Down: for administrators, search/RPT committees

  • Training, Development, & Implementations of Logic Models for Departmental Change

Objectives:

  • Increase proportion of STEM women/WOC who feel empowered, engaged, and achieving their potential
  • Reduce discrepancy between men and women STEM scientists who report concerns about UC due to work-life balance issues or as a supportive workplace where they can be successful

Goals:

  • Increase proportion of women/WOC STEM scientists who report positively on career progress and prospects as well as representation, recruitment, retention
  • Reduce the discrepancy between men and women STEM scientists so that they perceive the climate and department similarly (i.e., reduce perceptions of isolation, instituting transparent, actionable policy)
3. Creating interdependence by enabling sustainable dynamic institutional practice and policy through the Accountability and Advocacy Council.
  • Critically evaluate data on recruitment, hiring, retention, promotion and advancement initiatives
  • Report on systemic changes due to logic models for systemic policy and leadership reform
  • Provide feedback on initiative successes and challenges to facilitate continued progress
  • Provide a venue for safe, positive, effective communication between the different programming of LEAF
  • Facilitate direct and back-channel communication between the owners of bottom-up and top-down initiatives

Objectives:

  • Create an organizational space in which participants, staff, and administrators can communicate outside of formal organizational channels.  We envision the focus will be on enchancing supportive and positive communications.

Goals:

  • Minimize number of problems reported in surveys and key informant interviews in which program participants complain that their bottom-up change initiatives have been stymied by organizational barriers, inertia, or (and we do not anticipate this) active resistance by heads
4. LEAF Initiatives: Research
  • Social Network Analysis and Discourse Analysis
  • Focus on social climate and transformation of policy and reform, as expressed through message linguistics, subjective experiences, and social networks
5. LEAF Initiatives: Women of Color in STEM at UC
  • Coordinator for LEAF Diversity Initiatives: Monica Mitchell
  • Only 5 women of color hold assistant professor appointments across the various STEM disciplines, 1 at the Associate (joint with CCHMC), and 1 at the rank of full in the STEM disciplines
  • During the 2009-2012 period, 49 new faculty were hired across the three STEM colleges
            o Only two of these hires were underrepresented women (both Hispanic)
            o None of the 135 applications for the 49 positions were from AA women

Top-Down:Issues of diversity and inclusion will be incorporated into:

  • Training provided to senior leaders (i.e., recruitment, hiring, etc)

Bottom-Up: issues of diversity and inclusion will be incorporated into:

  • Workshops, LC's
  • WOC will be sought for Visiting Scholars and Best Practices Seminars
  • Special funds set aside for grants for WOC