An interdisciplinary Colorado State University team has been awarded a nearly $1 million ADVANCE Adaptation grant from the National Science Foundation. The funding will allow CSU to leverage the best practices and high-performing programs from other campuses that have had success in improving gender equity in STEM academic professions. The NSF ADVANCE program goal is to broaden the implementation of evidence-based systemic change strategies that promote equity for STEM faculty in academic workplaces and the academic professions.

The ADVANCE @ CSU team will use the funding for new support positions in the Inclusive Excellence and Equal Opportunity offices, as well as funding for faculty member and departmental leaders to support equity university-wide.

The ADVANCE grant will focus on supporting:

  1. Equitable Recruitment
  2. Retention of Underrepresented Groups
  3. Department Leadership in their Equity Efforts
  4. Faculty and Leadership to Enact Change in their own Spheres of Influence

The initial focus is STEM disciplines as supported by the NSF grant, but the work will extend university-wide as a broader initiative supported by the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President. Additionally, programs will also improve equity for other employee groups, in addition to the faculty.

CSU ADVANCE Grant Proposal Team:

  • Principal Investigator: Ruth Hufbauer (Agricultural Biology)
  • Co-Principal Investigators: Meena Balgopal (Biology), Gregg Dean (Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology), Emily Fischer (Atmospheric Science), and Laura Sample McMeeking (STEM Center)
  • Senior Personnel: Sue James (Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs), Shannon Archibeque-Engle (Associate Vice President for Inclusive Excellence), Heather Novak (Director for Institutional Research, Planning and Effectiveness)

Grant Documents & Presentations:

Information will be shared in the Spring 2022 semester on how STEM faculty across the university can engage in the ADVANCE at CSU Program. For further information, please contact Professor Ruth Hufbauer at