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The ASEE Engineering Deans Gender Equity (EDGE) Initiative is pleased to offer sponsorship to attend the AAAS SEA Change  Building Gender Equity in the Academy series.  You can find more information about the series here.  (

AAAS SEA Change is holding a 4-session webinar series on developing a systemic approach to diversifying STEM faculty, staff, and leadership.  The webinars will be led by noted authorities Drs. Ann Austin and Sandra Laursen.  The webinars will be offered from 3 pm to 4:30 pm (ET) on the following dates: Feb 1, March 1, April 5, and May 3.

The Building Gender Equity in the Academy series will focus on developing a systemic approach to diversifying STEM faculty, staff, and leadership. Drs. Laursen and Austin will guide participants through discussions of the successful work being done by colleges and universities around the country. This learning series is designed for current and emerging change leaders, and teams of 3-4 individuals are encouraged to participate as a group. Participants in the series will learn how to select and apply tested strategies for gender equity within the context of their institution.

The ASEE EDGE Initiative will sponsor teams of at least 3 and up to 6 individuals per engineering college.  For sponsorship, the team must include at least one member of the office of the dean of engineering (either the dean or an assistant or associate dean).  Department heads/chairs or associate heads/chairs as well as  provosts or assistant/associate provosts are also encouraged as team members.

To apply, please fill in the form here for your team. (

Upon review of the application, a promo code will be emailed individually which each team member will use to register on the AAAS site.

Important dates:

Last day to apply for sponsorship will be 4pm ET, Friday, January 29. AAAS registration will close on Sunday, January 31.

First session is Monday February 1.

If you have any questions regarding sponsorship, please contact Geraldine Gooding at Questions regarding the AAAS SEA Change series should be directed to the SEA Change Team,


MARCH 2020

IAspire is  pleased to announce that the NSF-funded Aspire Alliance’s IAspire Leadership Academy is accepting applications for the second cohort of fellows. The program’s purpose is to elevate the preparedness of academic leaders from underrepresented groups so they can aspire to and succeed in more senior leadership roles. This program offers fellowships to individuals from traditionally underrepresented groups currently in formal or non-formal leadership roles in STEM higher education at both two and four year institutions.

IAspire Leadership Fellows will gain critical leadership skills across numerous competencies. They will have opportunities to learn how to lead more effectively in increasingly complex environments and build confidence to influence institutional transformation either in their current position or as they rise to other positions of leadership. The program fees including hotel (valued at $10,000) for this second cohort are $5,000, with the remaining $5,000 in fees covered by the NSF INCLUDES grant.


The Program at a Glance

This program is structured in two phases. The first phase is a 12-month immersive leadership experience includes:

·   Three 1-week on-site sessions

·  Virtual small group learning sessions held monthly

·  Training on and exposure to self-assessment, team leadership skills development, organizational dynamics, and leading change

·  Connection to a diverse peer network

·   Formal Self and 360o assessments

·   Leadership skills application through an institutional action project

·  Supported mentoring/coaching with a senior leader of the participant’s choice

·  Development and planning of an institutional action project to apply leadership skills obtained in the program

The second phase is an in-residence component where Fellows will be focused on applying learned leadership skills through the implementation of their unique action project at their institution and receiving support from their peers.

The deadline for applications to join the second cohort of fellows is Friday, April 17, 2020.

IAspire is asking you to bring this opportunity to the attention of underrepresented faculty or other leaders (i.e., Applicants should identify with groups that are traditionally underrepresented in STEM) who might be interested and to campus administrators who are in a position to serve as Fellow sponsors. For resources to share this opportunity with your networks, please check out our  IAspire Newsletter and Social Media Toolkit

More Information and How to Apply

Visit for more details. Click here to see what the fellows of cohort 1 are saying about their experience.



  CONGRATULATIONS to the 15 engineers, and those associated with engineering colleges, who were selected through a very competitive process to be members of the IAspire INCLUDES inaugural cohort of 20 faculty and administrators to gain leadership development preparing them for senior roles!  To learn more, view the press release!