AWIS Unveils the ARC Network, a STEM Equity Brain Trust

Mar 18, 2019Press Release


Maria Ibañez

AWIS Unveils the ARC Network, a STEM Equity Brain Trust
Thriving ARC Network Community to Drive Equity in STEM Academic Workforce

WASHINGTON DC, March 18, 2019 – The Association for Women in Science (AWIS), the leading advocate for women in STEM, introduces the ARC Network as a priority initiative to create meaningful systemic change in academia. The STEM equity program ARC Network will host an Equity in STEM Community Convening on October 6, in Cleveland, Ohio, and provide an opportunity for scholars to participate in the Virtual Visiting Scholars (VVS) Program, a one-year research project. Both offer in-depth exploration of resources, strategies and promising practices for achieving equity. The ARC Network draws on decades of research and practice to equip its community with critical tools needed for improving the participation, advancement and inclusion of a diversity of women in academia.


Tenured women faculty in STEM


Women of color non-tenure track faculty in STEM


Women of color tenure track or tenured in STEM

Source: National Science Foundation, Women, Minorities and Persons with Disabilities, 2014, and Ginther, D.K., and S. Kahn, Education and academic career outcomes for women of color in science and engineering, 2012.

“The ARC Network will be a driving force for systemic change by bringing together the best and the brightest and that includes those historically excluded and overlooked in these conversations,” said AWIS CEO Sandra W. Robert, CAE. “Through an intersectional lens, we can search for accountability and transparency among change agents and institutions as we work toward more inclusive STEM cultures. Our goal is to help higher education go beyond traditional practices and address the tremendous representation imbalance, especially for women and traditionally marginalized identities.”

Through the ARC Network, known as the STEM equity brain trust, select scholars can pursue research, meta-analysis and big data curation on STEM equity topics through the ARC Network’s Virtual Visiting Scholars program. Virtual Visiting Scholars help determine the overall effectiveness and applicability of existing interventions and allow for data connectivity across institutions, organizations, and disciplines. The Call for Prospectus for the VVS Scholars program is open until May 15, 2019.  Gender equity researchers are encouraged to apply at

The ARC Network will bridge the gap between researchers and practitioners by offering focused programming online and in-person. Participants and presenters from institutions of higher education as well as from industry, government, and other employment sectors that have not traditionally participated in the ADVANCE community will broaden the range and scope of approaches to equity in STEM. The call for abstracts is from April 1 until May 3. Learn more at

“AWIS will build on the historic work of STEM equity advocates, and through the ARC Network will engage with a community dedicated to tackling equity and inclusion issues and sharing those practices,” said Rochelle Williams, PhD, AWIS Project Director and ARC Network Co-Principal Investigator. “This inclusive community will break down silos, ineffective knowledge transfers, and unnecessary duplication of efforts, barriers found throughout the years of equity work.”

Funded by a multi-year investment from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the ARC Network draws on the efforts of ADVANCE, the NSF’s program addressing systemic inequities in academic STEM, and produces new perspectives, methods and interventions with an intersectional, intentional and inclusive lens. Gender equity advocates are invited to join the ARC Network Community at

Learn more about the ARC Network by reading the project fact sheet.

Funded by the National Science Foundation ADVANCE program, Award HRD-1740860, the ARC Network seeks to achieve gender equity for faculty in higher education science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. As the STEM equity brain trust, the ARC Network recognizes the achievements made so far while producing new perspectives, methods and interventions with an intersectional, intentional and inclusive lens. Learn more about the ARC Network at and on social media using #EquityInSTEM.



About AWIS: Founded in 1971, AWIS has been the leading advocate for women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to achieve business growth, social change, and innovation. We are dedicated to driving excellence in STEM by achieving equity and full participation of women in all disciplines and across all employment sectors. In addition to scholarships, AWIS provides career resources, professional development, as well as networking, mentoring, and volunteer opportunities to build leadership skills. To learn more, visit and @AWISNational.


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