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Times higher Education, June 17, 2019

HHMI’s David Asai highlights SEA Change as driver of inclusion in higher education
Published rankings of the world’s “best” colleges and universities, lawsuits claiming unfair admissions, and exposés of parents buying access to selective schools – these are all reminders of society’s fixation on the idea that getting into the right school guarantees success and happiness. For many students, college offers them neither happiness nor a place that encourages their success. The joy of getting in soon disappears, replaced by daily reminders that they don’t fit in. As a result – especially in the sciences – the students who should be our greatest strength, because of the diverse perspectives they bring to our campuses, are instead leaving at disproportionately high rates. [more]


Michael Colella/AAAS

Michael Colella/AAAS

Lasker Foundation, June 17, 2019

Stopping the Leaks
So far, institutions in the United States have mostly tackled individual barriers to women in science, whether it’s implicit bias or the heavy load of family responsibilities that women tend to have. “We have got to stop looking at it one barrier at a time and look at the entirety of the institution,” says Shirley Malcom, director of the Stem Equity Achievement (SEA) Change Initiative at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). [more]


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Photo by David Scavone

BU Today, June 12, 2019

BU Provost Speaks on Capitol Hill about Sexual Harassment in STEM
As Boston University provost, a renowned geologist and professor, and the mother of a daughter pursuing a PhD, Jean Morrison has a unique perspective on the subject of sexual harassment in the world of scientific research. Morrison’s background was why the US House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology invited her to testify on Wednesday, June 12. The committee asked a small group of higher education leaders to speak about their institutions’ efforts to combat sexual harassment, mainly against women, committed by federally funded researchers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). [more]


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Janice Checchio/Boston University PHOTOGRAPHY

Science, May 31, 2019

SEA Change honors diversity efforts by universities
Three universities are embarking on a program designed to recognize effective institutional efforts to attract, retain, and advance underrepresented students and faculty engaged in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. Boston University; the University of California, Davis; and the University of Massachusetts Lowell have been selected by the American Association for the Advancement of Science as the first institutional awardees in the SEA Change program, an ambitious effort to solve a longstanding problem. [more]


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Heising-Simons Foundation, May 16, 2019

SEA Change highlighted in Heising-Simons Foundation’s Support of DEI
Although women make up almost 50 percent of physics students in high school, they comprise only 10 percent of full professors in the United States. In astronomy, women make up only 15 percent of full professors. The goal of the Heising-Simons Foundation’s Women in Physics and Astronomy grantmaking is to increase the number of women in these fields, both in colleges and in academic and research careers in the United States. [more]


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Royal Society of Chemistry, May 16, 2019

Canada launches its own version of the Athena SWAN charter
The Canadian government has launched a pilot programme to increase diversity and inclusion in its research. It is patterned on the UK’s successful Athena Scientific Women’s Academic Network (Swan) that kicked off over a decade ago with the aim of advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (Stem) fields. Canada’s new programme – announced on 9 May and dubbed ‘Dimensions’ – aims to address systemic barriers to research experienced by members of underrepresented or disadvantaged groups like women, as well as members of racial and sexual minority groups, and others. Dimensions will open to the first cohort of institutions in June. [more]


House Science, Space, and Technology Committee

House Science, Space, and Technology Committee

AAAS.org News, May 10, 2019

AAAS shares the promise of SEA Change at House hearing on STEM Diversity
U.S. innovation has long drawn inspiration from a mix of scientific disciplines, academic institutions, research laboratories and industries, yet the scientific enterprise’s workforce lacks diversity of another sort, according to testimony before a House panel on May 9. In remarks delivered to the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, Shirley Malcom, a senior adviser at the AAAS, said the growing need for a workforce capable of delivering future innovations and meeting the world’s challenges will require “expanding the pool of talent, tapping into the vast well of women, minorities, racial and ethnic, and people with disabilities currently underrepresented in STEM,” the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. [more]


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Syda Productions/Adobe Stock

AAAS.ORG News, March 27, 2019

AAAS and EducationCounsel to Update Legal-Policy Guidance to Advance Campus Diversity Efforts
With the $500,000 grant from the Sloan Foundation, AAAS and EducationCounsel aim to develop guidance and tools needed by institutions of higher education to maintain and increase their admissions, inclusion and equity programs in ways that work. … The updated handbook and related projects will complement other AAAS efforts that support diversity, equity and inclusion, including the SEA Change initiative. With the grant, AAAS and EducationCounsel efforts will be useful to many institutions, including those participating in SEA Change. [more]


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Cumnock Hall/UMass Lowell

UMass lowell news, March 1, 2019

University Receives One of First-Ever SEA Change Awards
The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) honored UMass Lowell on Feb. 13 for its commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in STEM and furthering positive change in the institution’s relevant policies and practice. UMass Lowell, along with Boston University and the University of California, Davis, were recognized by the association’s STEM Equity Achievement (SEA) Change initiative at the AAAS Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. [more]


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Michael Colella/AAAS

BU Today Close Up, February 25, 2019

AAAS Sea Change Awards
BU was awarded one of three inaugural AAAS SEA Change Bronze Awards for “commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in STEM…” at a ceremony held in Washington, D.C., February 13. Holding the award is Joyce Wong, an ENG professor and ARROWS director, with BU colleagues Gloria Waters, Kenneth Lutchen, Jean Morrison, Daniel Kleinman, Rebecca Ginzburg, and Cristian Morales; AAAS officials Paula Rayman, Margaret Hamburg, and Shirley Malcom; and Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Tex.). [more]


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Robb Cohen Photography & Video/AAAS

physicsworld, February 19, 2019

US societies join forces to tackle sexual harassment in science
Almost 60 societies in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM) have formed a consortium to tackle sexual harassment. Announced at the annual meeting of AAAS in Washington, DC, the consortium has begun to collect model policies, law guidance as well as tools to prevent and respond to sexual and gender harassment in STEMM….Shirley Malcom, AAAS senior advisor and director of SEA Change, says that many of the consortium members are working to become SEA Change providers. [more]


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Gregory Urquiaga/UC Davis

UCDAVIS NEWS, February 13, 2019

New AAAS Program Recognizes UC Davis for Advancing Diversity
The American Association for the Advancement of Science has recognized UC Davis for its work in advancing diversity, equity and inclusion — and its commitment to do even more. The campus is one of three universities to receive the scientific society’s Bronze Award certification in the new STEM Equity Achievement (SEA) Change initiative. The awards will be presented at the AAAS annual meeting in Washington, D.C., today (Feb. 13). [more]


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Michael Colella/AAAS

AAAS Press Release, EurekAlert!, February 13, 2019

AAAS recognizes three universities with Bronze Awards for STEM equity achievement change
Boston University, the University of California, Davis and the University of Massachusetts Lowell are being recognized by AAAS for their commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in STEM and furthering positive change in their institution's relevant policies and practice. The STEM Equity Achievement (SEA) Change initiative at AAAS will present the three universities with a Bronze Award on February 13, 2019 at the AAAS Annual Meeting. [more]


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Adam Cohen/AAAS

AAAS.ORG News, August 2, 2018

SEA Change Seeks Culture Shift for Diverse Scientific Enterprise
An initiative designed to prompt academic institutions to adopt systemic changes to attract, retain and advance underrepresented minority groups, women and people with disabilities in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics has gained the attention of the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine. [more]


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University of Warwick students/ University of Warwick

AAAS.ORG News, January 23, 2018

SEA Change Program Aims to Transform Diversity Efforts in STEM
AAAS is working with colleges and universities to create institutional systems to improve the outcomes and opportunities for underrepresented and underserved groups in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. [more]


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Christopher Furlong/Getty

Nature News, September 12, 2017

UK gender-equality scheme spreads across the world
The United States is set to trial a version that will also cover race and disability, while other countries have already embraced the voluntary rating system. [more]