We take a multi-level approach to transform workplace climate (sensu De Welde and Stepnick, 2015): at the institutional level, by addressing academic cultures through the leadership of scientific societies and on campus efforts; structurally, through policies and processes that guide professional conduct and response to sexual and other types of harassment; and individually, through education and empowerment of all members of our community.
The aims of our first award (2017-2022) were to:
- Collect and analyze data on workplace climate experiences in the geosciences and ecological sciences.
- Develop and test bystander intervention training programs with discipline-relevant scenarios and that incorporate intersectionality.
- Develop modules on sexual misconduct and bullying for use in research ethics training.
- Disseminate training workshops, webinars, and teaching modules via partnership with professional societies.
- Develop a sustainable model that can be transferred to other STEM disciplines.
Our work initially focused on the geosciences or earth and space sciences. A supplemental award expanded our work into the ecological and biological sciences. Organizational partners in the first phase of ADVANCEGeo includes: American Geophysical Union, Association for Women Geoscientists, Earth Science Women's Network, Geological Society of America, Soil Science Society of America, Ecological Society of America, Long-Term Ecological Research Network, Animal Behavior Society, and the Evolution Societies.
Our second award (2022-2025) aims to:
- Develop and test a workplace climate intervention program for academic departments and future faculty training programs.
- Develop and test a train-the-trainers certification and capacity-building program to engage and activate STEM leaders.
- Develop and disseminate scaffolded online resources related to improving workplace climate for broad STEM audiences.
- Implement a plan for sustained national impact in partnership with professional associations.
New and ongoing partners for phase 2 include: American Geophysical Union (AGU); Association for Women Geoscientists (AWG); Earth Science Women's Network (ESWN); Geological Society of America (GSA); American Meteorological Society (AMS); the NSF-funded Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) Network Office; BlackInGeoscience (BiG) Network; Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Geosciences (AAPIiG); GeoLatinas; Society of Latinxs/Hispanics in Earth and Space Science (SOLESS); and 500 Women Scientists (500WS).