message from the director
The ADVANCE program works to support the recruitment, retention, advancement and professional growth of women and under-represented minority faculty at the University of Maryland. Initially supported by NSF, we are now supported through a campus-wide investment in faculty development and inclusive excellence by the Provost's Office, Office of Diversity & Inclusion, Office of Research and all college deans. You will find on this website a description of our ADVANCE Professors, peer networks for faculty, access to our dashboard, research and evaluation and much more. Since we initiated the ADVANCE Program in 2016 we have been pleased to see:
Most importantly, we have found ADVANCE has helped faculty create cross-campus connections, find opportunities to keep growing as learners, leaders, and mentors, create safe spaces to acknowledge implicit biases, improve our faculty hiring practices, and track progress toward equity for all faculty. We hope you become involved with ADVANCE and look forward to your feedback on ways in which we might build a more inclusive campus.
Professor KerryAnn O’Meara
Director of the University of Maryland ADVANCE Program