STEM Equity Achievement (SEA) Change is a bold new initiative from the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) effecting institutional transformation in support of diversity and inclusion, especially in colleges and universities.
Inspired by the self-assessment process used by Athena SWAN in the United Kingdom, SEA Change comprises:
SEA Change Institute
The Institute will offer:
a research repository — we ask members to be evidence-based and thoughtful, and the Institute helps self-assessment teams find the best available evidence
online and face-to-face training, from trainings to courses to convenings
SEA Change Community
Colleges and universities, funders, business and industry, and other stakeholders committed to diversity
Convene online and face-to-face through Institute and Awards events
Share information, research, and best practices
Build partnerships and collaborations to nurture the talent pool for STEM
SEA Change Awards
A recognition system where colleges and universities, as well as their schools and departments, are acknowledged for their work on true institutional reform supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion.
The process, inspired by the Athena SWAN and Race Equality Charters in the UK, includes:
Voluntary self-assessment using criteria based on SEA Change Principles
Identification of barriers preventing inclusion and equity in STEM across institutions and departments
Developing an action plan to address barriers
Having action plans and progress independently assessed by a panel of experts to receive appropriate recognition
Institutions, schools, and departments can receive a Bronze, Silver, or Gold SEA Change Award. Award renewal or progression at least every five years ensures continued progression and reflects a firm commitment from the award holder.
Pilot: Institutional Bronze Award
SEA Change 101 - January 30, 2019 - 1:00 pm ET