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Fall 2021 Webinars are here!

The ARC Network strives to bring our community conversations and adaptable insights on topics critical to driving equity in STEM. This Fall’s slate of webinars focuses on the Virtual Visiting Scholars Program by welcoming our newest cohort for our annual “Meet the Scholars” webinar and hosting the project presentations for the four VVS Scholars in Cohort 3!

Upcoming Webinars

ARC Network Fall 2021 Webinars
  • Meet the Scholars: Cohort 4 featuring Drs. Dawn Culpepper, Rachele Hendricks-Sturrup, and Rodica Lisnic on September 16, 2021 at 3:00 pm ET. Recording available here.
  • Examining How Race/Ethnicity and Gender is Explored in Research on STEM Contingent Faculty featuring Dr. Ramon Goings on October 28, 2021 at 3:00 pm ET. Register here.
  • Gender, Intersectionality, Workload and Leadership in STEM Departments featuring Dr. Joya Misra on November 4, 2021 at 3:00 pm ET. Register here.
  • LGBT+ Faculty and Students in STEM: Policies to Support Success and Inclusion featuring Dr. Ramón Barthelemy on December 2, 2021 at 3:00 pm ET. Register here.
  • Analysis of Funding Trends Addressing Girls/Women of Color and STEM: An Intersectional Approach featuring Dr. Kimberly Scott on December 16, 2021 at 3:00 pm ET. Register here.

Webinar Archives

Meet Cohort 4 of the Virtual Visiting Scholars Program


The ARC Networks hosted the fourth Virtual Visiting Scholars Program cohort to discuss their VVS projects!

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Understandings of Gender in STEM Higher Education Research

2019-2020 Virtual Visiting Scholar, Dr. Allison Mattheis, presented on her work focused on understandings of gender in STEM higher education research in which she completed an integrative meta-analysis approach informed by intersectionality and critical feminist perspectives to review higher education-specific research. Dr. Mattheis’ report can be viewed here.

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Dr. Allison Mattheis is an associate professor in the Division of Applied and Advanced Studies in Education at California State University Los Angeles, where she teaches courses in qualitative research methods and sociopolitical contexts of education. She taught middle school science for 8 years prior to pursuing a Master and Doctorate of Educational Policy and Leadership at the University of Minnesota. She earned an undergraduate degree at Oberlin College, where she majored in International Politics, Environmental Studies and minored in Geology. Dr. Mattheis collaborates with STEM colleagues on research and advocacy projects related to LGBTQIA+ identities and is a member of the ADVANCEGeo team working to reduce harassment and discrimination in the Geosciences.

2021 Town Hall: Ensuring Equity in Institutional COVID-19 Responses Town Hall

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In June of 2020, the ARC Network hosted a town hall to discuss issues and challenges and share resources for ensuring equity is integrated as institutions respond to COVID-19. During the spring of 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic had thrust STEM higher education into an unprecedented state of emergency. As state and local governments responded in varied ways to the public health crisis, administrators and faculty had to act quickly to manage courses, research, family responsibilities, and a plethora of other complications. While managing the current academic school year’s problems, administrators and faculty still had to consider the upcoming academic school year as cases, hospitalizations, and mortality rates surged in many places. Much of the workforce charged with tackling the many unknowns of COVID-19 were housed at higher education institutions which represented yet another remarkable undertaking. The pandemic also laid bare – and exacerbated – enormous inequities experienced by marginalized populations which had unique impacts on marginalized folk in higher education. Responding to its mission to support stakeholders in the drive intersectional gender equity in the STEM academy, the ARC Network held a town hall to hear from its community regarding the challenges in ensuring equity in institutional COVID-19 responses.

Now that we have spent over a year in the pandemic, including another academic year, the ARC Network will engage our STEM equity stakeholders on topics including how institutions have done in advancing equity in the time of COVID-19, what are the new and ongoing issues and challenges for integrating equity, what practices seem to be working, and what new research and methodologies have arisen to address this critical issue.

Academic entrepreneurship in STEM: A meta-synthesis on the intersection of gender

2019-2020 Virtual Visiting Scholar Dr. Teresa Nelson discussed her VVS project on gender equity and academic entrepreneurship in STEM. Dr. Nelson shared her perspectives on future practice around research on and interventions around supporting faculty women’s entrepreneurship. Access Dr. Nelson’s VVS report here.

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Speaker Bio:
Dr. Teresa Nelson’s work has been deeply guided by her interest in innovation – what it is, what it means, how and whom it impacts, and how it is actualized as entrepreneurship by individuals, teams and companies. An active researcher, Dr. Nelson is known globally for her scholarship related to women and gender and diversity in entrepreneurship and family business. As an Obama era appointee to the National Women’s Business Council, a group appointed to advise Congress, the White House and the Small Business Administration on issues of women and business, she began to specialize in women’s roles in commercializing science. She now works with the MIT Innovation Initiative, Astia and the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association, among others, to build understanding and organizational capabilities around inclusion as a strategic business practice, particularly in life sciences.

Dr. Nelson is a co-founder of The Impact Seat, a consultancy on issues of organizational capabilities of diversity and inclusion. She is also a Professor of strategic management in the Business School at Simmons University in Boston and a Faculty Affiliate in the Center for Gender in Organizations. She has taught on five continents to students at the doctoral, master, executive masters and undergraduate levels. She is a sought-after speaker on topics such as women entrepreneurs in science, the context of entrepreneurship, inclusion as a strategic management practice, and the entrepreneur’s journey.

Gender Biases and Intersectionality in Citation Practices and Analyses

2019-2020 Virtual Visiting Scholar, Dr. Beth Mitchneck discussed her meta synthesis of the research on how social practices influence citation indices, commonly used metrics to evaluate the quality of a scholar’s productivity. Dr. Mitchneck addressed implications for future practice and implementation of equity interventions. Access Dr. Mitchneck’s VVS report here.

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Beth Mitchneck is Professor Emerita in the School of Geography, Development & Environment at the University of Arizona. She is currently leading a National Science Foundation project to develop metrics to assess institutional transformation at Hispanic-Serving Institutions. In addition, she is a higher education consultant specializing in faculty affairs and equity in STEM and works with numerous universities to promote equitable evaluation processes. She has held numerous administrative positions at the University of Arizona and, most recently, Vice Provost for Faculty Success at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell. She also was the lead program officer for the National Science Foundation’s ADVANCE program to promote gender equity in academic STEM. Mitchneck has a dual research focus on migration and displaced populations with an emphasis on Georgia and Ukraine, and on gender equity in STEM. She has served on national boards for the Social Science Research Council, the Kennan Institute and editorial boards for the Annals of the Association of American Geographers and Soviet Geography. Her most recent publications include: “A Recipe for Change: Creating a more inclusive academy” in Science and “Displacing Blame: Divergent Accounts of the Georgia-Abkhazia Conflict” in Ethnopolitics.

Ensuring Equity in Institutional COVID-19 Responses: Advocacy Strategies for Ensuring Equity in Institutional Responses to COVID-19

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The second webinar in the ARC Network’s series on Ensuring Equity in Institutional COVID-19 Responses addressed various advocacy strategies. We were joined by two scholar activists: Dr. Sandra Soto and Dr. Jessi Smith.
Sandra Soto, PhD is an Associate Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Arizona. She is known for her scholarship Chican

a/o and Latina/o literary and cultural studies, queer theory, racialized sexuality, and transnational feminisms. Dr. Soto’s book Reading Chican@ Like a Queer: The De-Mastery of Desire, “replaces the race-based oppositional paradigm of Chicano literary studies with a less didactic, more flexible, framework geared for a queer analysis of the discursive relationship between racialization and sexuality”.

Jessi L. Smith, PhD is a Professor of Psychology and Associate Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. Her primary research expertise is on how societal norms and stereotypes undermine or support a person’s motivational experience. Dr. Smith’s NIH and NSF funded work has included longitudinal analyses of Native American and Latino student experiences in STEM; cross-sectional analyses of women’s motivation for STEM; and theory informed experimental interventions designed to change higher education in ways that foster sustainable diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Meet Cohort 3 of the Virtual Visiting Scholar Program

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The ARC Network in welcomed our third cohort of Virtual Visiting Scholars (VVS), Dr. Kimberly Scott, Dr. Ramon Barthelemy, Dr. Joya Misra, and Dr. Ramon Goings! The VVS program provides a unique opportunity for select scholars across disciplines to pursue research meta-analysis, synthesis, and big data curation on topics crucial to STEM faculty equity. In this webinar, each scholar will shared an overview of the projects they are working on for the next year and engaged the ARC Network community in conversation.

Dr. Kimberly Scott is a Professor in Women and Gender Studies in the School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University (ASU) and the Founding Executive Director of ASU’s Center for Gender Equity in Science and Technology (CGEST). In her work as a VVS, Dr. Scott applies intersectionality as an analytical strategy to determine how funding agencies reinforce or challenge majoritarian narratives of girls/women of color in STEM.

Dr. Ramón Barthelemy is currently an Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. As a VVS, Dr. Barthelemy synthesizes research on the experiences and perspectives of gender and sexual minority (GSM) persons in STEM higher education.

Dr. Joya Misra is currently Professor of Sociology and Public Policy at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. As a VVS, Dr. Misra addresses the impacts of intersectional identity on and inclusion in decision-making and leadership with additional emphasis on retention and career advancement of faculty.

Dr. Ramon Goings is an Assistant Professor in the Language, Literacy, and Culture interdisciplinary doctoral program at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. As a VVS, Dr. Goings conducts a meta-analysis of research on contingent STEM faculty to assess the inclusion of faculty at the intersection of race/ethnicity and gender.

Ensuring Equity in Institutional COVID-19 Responses: The Multiple Dimensions of Integrating Equity

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In the first webinar in a series on Ensuring Equity in Institutional COVID-19 Responses, Leslie Gonzales, EdD and Kimberly Griffin, PhD discussed the multiple dimensions of integrating equity in institutional decision making – including issues and challenges facing institutions, the unique impacts on marginalized faculty, and the need for integrating equity in decision making. Read their report on Supporting Faculty During & After COVID-19.

Dr. Leslie D. Gonzales is an Associate Professor in the Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Learning unit at Michigan State University in the College of Education and an affiliate faculty member in the Center for Gender in a Global Context and Chicano/Latinx studies. Gonzales is a co-PI on Aspire, a multi-million dollar project sponsored by the National Science Foundation and is an associate editor at the Review of Higher Education.

Dr. Kimberly Griffin is a Professor in the Higher Education, Student Affairs, and International Education Policy Program at the University of Maryland, and Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Faculty Affairs in the College of Education. She currently serves as the editor for The Journal of Diversity in Higher Education and is a co-PI on Aspire, a National Science Foundation funded project that seeks to create more inclusive institutional cultures, policies, and practices for faculty and students from minoritized and marginalized groups.

2020 Town Hall: Ensuring Equity in Institutional COVID-19 Responses

As institutions respond to COVID-19 and its impacts, the ARC Network wants to ensure that diversity, equity, and inclusion are integrated into higher education administrators’ decision-making. In partnership with the Association for Women in Science, the ARC Network convened a Town Hall to hear and understand the key issues and challenges faced by our community and beyond, with emphasis on academic environments. Participants shared their wisdom, exemplary practices, tools, policy approaches, and advice for facing known and emerging challenges in response to COVID-19. You can share your own perspectives about these topics with us here.

Exploring the Latest Research on Women in Engineering

This ARC Network webinar features resources from one of our ARC Network Communities of Practice, the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). Every year, SWE conducts a literature review on women in engineering, offering a summary of the most recent scholarly research on gender equity in engineering and related fields. The SWE literature reviews synthesize the existing knowledge helping scholars and practitioners keep up to date with the latest trends. This webinar is presented by Roberta Rincon, PhD, Senior Manager of Research at SWE, and moderated by Crystal Bedley, PhD, Project Director for the ARC Network.

New Directions for Research on Identity-Based Harassment Webinar

This webinar highlights the ARC Network 2019 Emerging Research Workshop report on new directions for research on identity-based harassment. Moderated by Dr. Joan Herbers, ARC Network Co-PI and chair of the Research Advisory Board, this webinar features a panel of experts who contributed to the report: Dr. Kevin Swartout, Associate Professor of Psychology at Georgia State University; Dr. Ximena Cid, Assistant Professor of Physics at California State University-Dominguez Hills; Dr. Danielle Dickens, Assistant Professor of Psychology at Spelman College; and Alexandra Tracy-Ramirez, JD, Attorney at HopkinsWay, PLLC.

SEA Change – How to Advance your #EquityInSTEM Work Webinar

Join the first webinar of 2020, which features resources from ARC Network Community of Practice the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s (AAAS) STEMM Equity Achievement (SEA) Change initiative. SEA Change is a comprehensive initiative that features a self-assessment framework to effect sustainable change with regard to diversity, equity, and inclusion in STEMM at U.S. institutions of higher education. It includes: a community of allied organizations and individuals, an institute containing DEI best practices, research, and trainings, and an award system for institutional commitment and progress toward systemic change. Learn how SEA Change can positively affect your current and future #EquityInSTEM work.

Meet the 2019 ARC Network Virtual Visiting Scholars

Introducing the second cohort of ARC Network Virtual Visiting Scholars, Dr. Allison Mattheis, Dr. Beth Mitchneck, and Dr. Teresa Nelson. In a panel format, each scholar shares more about their background and the projects they will undertake over the next year.

Allison Mattheis, PhD, is an Associate Professor at California State University Los Angeles. Dr. Mattheis will conduct an integrative meta-synthesis of the ways gender is defined as a variable or identity characteristic in extant research on gender in academic STEM.

Beth Mitchneck, PhD, is Professor Emerita at the University of Arizona. Dr. Mitchneck will synthesize the research on intersectional gender biases in citation analysis and practice.

Teresa Nelson, PhD, is Professor at Simmons University and Research Director of the MIT Innovation Initiative. Dr. Nelson will conduct a meta-synthesis of the literature on academic entrepreneurship in STEM through an intersectional gender lens.

Tour the ARC Network Community Platform

Aspen Russell, AWIS Research Assistant, offers a guided tour of Mendeley, the platform helping the ARC Network Community gain new insights on the research landscape on systemic change for STEM faculty equity.

ARC Network Virtual Visiting Scholar Cara Margherio, PhD

As a Virtual Visiting Scholar in the 2018-2019 cohort, Cara Margherio, PhD, Virtual Visiting Scholar, centered the experiences of women faculty of color in a meta-synthesis of the research on mentoring. In this webinar, she shares her research on this topic over the past year. Full report.

ARC Network Virtual Visiting Scholar Ethel Mickey, PhD

As a Virtual Visiting Scholar in the 2018-2019 cohort, Dr. Ethel Mickey explored the implications of STEM faculty networks for career success through an intersectional gender lens. In this webinar and full report, she conducts a meta-analyses of the research on this topic. Full report.

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Funded by the National Science Foundation ADVANCE Program, Awards HRD-2121468 and HRD-1740860, the ADVANCE Resource and Coordination (ARC) Network seeks to achieve gender equity for faculty in higher education science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. As the STEM equity brain trust, the ARC Network recognizes the achievements made so far while producing new perspectives, methods and interventions with an intersectional, intentional and inclusive lens. The leading champion in North America to propel the inclusion of women in the field of engineering, the Women in Engineering ProActive Network (WEPAN), serves as the backbone organization of the ARC Network.

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