2008 NSF ADVANCE Cross-Disciplinary Initiative for Minority Women Faculty Conference:
Succeeding & Thriving in Academic Engineering
April 2-5, 2008
The goal of this NSF ADVANCE project is to provide a supportive community of practice for untenured, underrepresented minority women in engineering as they move through the academic rigor of tenure. Through this program, participants are given the opportunity to tap into a rich network of experienced successful faculty who will provide mentorship, ideas, and strategies for success. But more importantly, junior women of color across the nation will have the opportunity to explore and share in a supportive, nonjudgmental community the often unarticulated survival skills and strategies that they have developed.
Both conference and post-conference activities were designed to develop a supportive community of researchers. During the conference participants met other female African-American, Hispanic and Native American engineers who are interested in advancing and thriving in academe. The mission of this program is to provide an ongoing mechanism to support to career development and retention of junior faculty and to increase the number of underrepresented minorities in science and engineering.
The CDIMWF Conference took place at Georgia Tech in Atlanta, Georgia. Participant housing and travel was paid for by the workshop sponsors. Upon acceptance to the conference, applicants were given necessary information to make their travel and hotel arrangements.