The Advocates and Allies initiative aims to raise awareness of both systemic and interpersonal forms of discrimination, and build intervention and advocacy skills among faculty men. First developed by North Dakota State University, it has been implemented in more than 30 colleges and universities across the nation. It has also resulted in significant improvements in gender equity, including increased retention and promotion of women faculty; an overall increase in the number of women faculty in STEM; increased numbers of women full professors and deans; and the creation of “diversity-positive” campus cultures.


ADVANCE BU is funded by Award #2303732 of the National Science Foundation ADVANCE Program. The ADVANCE program is designed to increase gender and intersectional equity among faculty, particularly in the STEM disciplines, through evidence-based initiatives. Since 2001, NSF has invested more than $270 million in ADVANCE programs at higher education and non-profit-STEM institutions nationwide. Any opinions, findings and conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.