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LEAF Initiatives


1. Improve pathways for women faculty, including underrepresented faculty, in STEM by broadening recruitment, improving hiring, increasing retention, and promoting advancement.

  • Bottom Up: Proposed activities include three separate professional development workshop series for women STEM faculty, and a LEAF mini-grants program to support women STEM faculty professional development and research. However, bottom up efforts related more broadly to this initiative are also included below.
  • Top Down: Proposed activities include best practices seminars and training workshops for leadership (heads, deans and administrators) and faculty committees responsible for hiring and RPT (reappointment, promotion, tenure). However, efforts related more broadly to this initiative are also included below.



2.Transform the climate for STEM faculty, including underrepresented faculty, by creating social and collaborative mentoring networks to promote intellectual progress and equity, resulting in an inclusive culture.

  • Bottom Up: Proposed activities include the establishment of learning communities for women STEM faculty and a Visiting Scholars Program. However, bottom up efforts related more broadly to this initiative are also included below.
  • Top Down: The primary purpose of this initiative is to assess climate and aid in development and implantation of unit-level logic models for change.



3. Create interdependence to reinforce mutual responsibility and fosters shared responsibility to enable sustainable dynamic institutional practice and policy.



4. Social Science research on climate and transformation of policy and reform, as expressed through message linguistics, subjective experiences, and social networks.



5.Conduct benchmarking and data collection via the Career Life Balance Supplement to explore the feasibility of a dual career hiring exchange for the region.  

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