Upcoming Events

Nominations for 2024 Faculty Excellence in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

September 1, 2024

Nominations are now open for the Inaugural 2024 Faculty Excellence in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award and will be accepted until September 1, 2024.

This award honors faculty who have made significant contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion through advocacy, curriculum development, community building, research, and/or leadership. The winner will receive a monetary prize and will be recognized at the Founder’s Day Ceremony in the Fall. Full details on eligibility and the nomination process can be found here.


Past Events

Coffee Break

May 6, First floor library

ADVANCE BU Coffee Breaks: Chat about your equity ideas or concerns over a warm cup of your favorite beverage. First Mondays of the month (Feb 5, Mar 4, Apr 1, May 6) at 3 PM in the Faculty & Staff Lounge on the first floor of the Library (to the far left of the Library entrance). Or email Jackie Hogan to set up a more convenient time (or a more confidential chat).


Starting Shared Equity Leadership Webinar

Wednesday May 1, 1pm - 2pm, Virtual

Researchers from USC and the American Council of Education introduce us to the Shared Equity Leadership model, and provide tips for implementing the process.

Click here for more information and you can register for the webinar here.


Navigating the Road to Full Professor

Friday April 12, 3pm - 4:15pm, Westlake 014

Are you an associate professor weighing the possibility of applying for a full professorship and questioning the timing and feasibility of such a step? Have you ever felt discouraged or insecure about making the move? Those who have navigated this journey will share their insights and recommendations in this active discussion. All, regardless of their professorial rank, are welcome to join.

Discussion led by Dr. Kalyani Nair (EGT), Dr. Melissa Peterson (EHS), Dr. Sara Netzly (CFA), Dr. Tony Adams (CFA), Dr. Jennifer Robin (FCB), and Dr. Demetrice Worley (LAS). Click here to join virtually.


Book Club Discussion

Friday March 22, Virtual

Sign up for an ADVANCE BU Book Club discussion of RageBecomes Her: The Power of Women’s Anger.

Read at your own convenience, and join us for an engaging one-hour discussion on Friday, March 22 at 1:00 PM.

"[A] provocative analysis… Calling for a ‘wise anger’ that can dismantle pervasive sexism and create a fundamentally democratic society, the book makes a persuasive case that angry women can achieve, not vengeance, but change."—Publishers Weekly

"Women’s anger is the last taboo. In this provocative examination of the forbidden, hidden emotion, Soraya Chemaly asks ‘What do we lose, personally and as a society, by not listening to women’s anger or respecting it?’ Answer: the true voice of half of humanity."—Katha Pollitt, poet and columnist, author of Learning To Drive

"Men should read this book to understand women; women should read this book to understand themselves."—Robin Morgan, author


Advocates and Allies Virtual Workshop

Thursday March 21, Virtual

Faculty, staff and administrators who were not able to join us for an in-person session, are invited to join us for this virtual workshop that will cover the same content but in a shorter format. Seats are limited, so please register today.


Funding Available for Campus Affinity Groups

ADVANCE BU and the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion invite expressions of interest from full-time faculty and staff who are interested in forming campus affinity groups focused on building a shared community amongst individuals with similar personal or professional interests. Groups will receive microgrants of $200 to facilitate their activities. To apply for funding, send a one-paragraph description of your proposed group to

Please include:

  1. The name of your proposed group
  2. A description of the population you are hoping to include
  3. Your general plans (e.g. organize monthly gatherings on and off campus, etc.)
  4. Your overall/long-term goal for the group (e.g. provide mentoring and socio-emotional support to ______ and create meaningful relationships and collaborations which help us thrive at Bradley)
  5. The name and email address(es) of your organizer(s).

Submit your request by March 8

(or at any time, as requests will be reviewed while funding remains).


Campus Advocates Information Session

Tuesday March 5, BR 70

ADVANCE BU is calling for a team of 6-10 faculty men to serve as campus Advocates. In addition to making a significant contribution to workplace equity, Advocates will have opportunities for professional development on equity issues. Email Tony Hermann for more details, or attend an information session on Tuesday, March 5 at 4 p.m. in BR 70. Please RSVP with Tony Hermann.


Inclusive STEM Teaching Project

Monday March 4

Consider joining this NSF initiative that aims to advance the ability of STEM faculty to cultivate inclusive learning environments. This program includes a six-week online course and a Learning Community at Bradley that will be moderated by Dr. Melinda Faulkner and Dr. Kristi McQuade (held weekly on Wednesdays from 12–1 p.m.). There are a limited number of stipends available for Bradley participants. Contact or for more information.


Film Screening and Discussion

Monday March 4, Olin Hall 164

Picture a Scientist

For the event flyer click here.

Join us for this award-winning documentary, which critics call a “fascinating and frightening examination of bias” (WGBH), and “sweeping in scope yet intimately compelling” (Science). And don't forget to grab some free popcorn!

6:00-7:30 PM Film Screening (OR watch at your own convenience by logging into Kanopy on the Cullom-Davis Library website). The film discussion also has a virtual option available here.

7:30-8:30 Film Discussion


First Friday with ADVANCE BU

Friday March 1, Fieldhouse in Campustown

Join the Center for Teaching Excellence and Learning and the New Faculty Mentorship Committee for an informal exchange of ideas around equity work at Bradley from 4–6 p.m.


Advocates and Allies Workshop

Advocates and Allies is a well-researched, well-tested, skills-based program to help faculty and staff better identify and intervene in workplace bias. Research indicates that the best results come from participation in single-gender training groups, but we have multiple timeslots available to include people of all genders. Please register for only one time slot. All faculty in attendance will be put into a drawing for $500 towards professional development funds.

For the event flyer click here.

Wednesday January 24th

9am-11:30am, Westlake 012, Men and non-binary people

9am-11:30am, Westlake 014, Women and non-binary people

2:30pm-5pm, Westlake 010A, Men and non-binary people

2:30pm-5pm, Westlake 026A, Women and non-binary people

Thursday January 25

9am - 11:30am Westlake 014, All genders

Registration Link:


IDEAS for Advancing Equity Brown-Bag Series

Please join us for our BU IDEAS for Advancing Equity Brown-Bag series, a welcoming and informal space for faculty, staff, and administrators to engage in candid discussions about equity in academia. Whether you’re a seasoned academic or just starting your journey, these conversations offer valuable insights and actionable takeaways. There are two time options for each brown-bag discussion:


Are Unwritten “Rules” for Faculty Evaluations and T&P a Problem at Bradley?

Monday, November 13th at Noon and Thursday, November 16th at 12:15 in Westlake 316A. Or click here to join virtually via Zoom.

Take-Aways and Discussion Board


Should We Account for Different Workloads in T&P and Annual Reviews?

Monday, October 23rd at Noon in Westlake 116 and Tuesday, 24th at 12:15 in BR 139

Take-Aways and Discussion Board


What Kind of University are We and How is that Reflected in T&P and Annual Reviews?

Monday Sept. 25th at Noon and Tuesday 26th at 12:15 in Westlake 116

Take-Aways and Discussion Board


New Faculty Quick Takes Series

How to Balance Your Workload for Advancement

ADVANCE BU and CTEL's New Faculty Mentorship Committee invite all faculty to participate in a workshop led by Dr. Jackie Hogan on balancing your workload. The workshop will cover how to track your work tasks, diagnose imbalances, and rebalance your work portfolio for career success. Please bring your lunch. Cookies and beverages will be provided. A virtual attendance option is available.

Tuesday, November 7 from 12:15-1:00 PM in WES 316A

Or join virtually via Zoom by Scanning the QR code or clicking on the link:

Contact for more information.

View the event flyer to scan the QR code here.


How to (Strategically) Say No

ADVANCE BU and the New Faculty Mentorship Committee invite all faculty to join us for a discussion of balancing your workload by strategically saying "no." 20-minute presentation by Jackie Hogan followed by 20 minutes of brown-bag lunch, discussion, and networking. Thursday, October 12 from 12:15-1:00 PM in WES 316A. Or join virtually at Contact for more information. Click here to download the powerpoint slides.


Join a Cross-Institutional Mentoring Group to Learn from and Share with Carefully-Matched Peers Elsewhere

Bradley faculty are invited to join the Cross-Institutional Mentoring Community (CIMC) facilitated by the ADVANCE Midwest Partnership. Participation is free of charge. Sign up here today to participate!

The value of peer mentoring networks is increasingly being recognized. Participants benefit from an enhanced sense of community and belonging, reduced isolation and exclusion, the development of additional networks outside of the home institution, and better career outcomes.

CIMCs partner small groups of mentees with mentors who hail from different ADVANCE Partnership institutions. These CIMCs are intentionally formed to match lived experiences pertaining to discipline and/or intersectional identities. Groups meet virtually once or twice each month, focusing on career problem-solving and ways to improve work/life experiences, increase retention, and support career success and progression for individuals with multiple, intersecting identities.

Cross-Institutional Mentoring Communities are part of an NSF-funded ADVANCE Partnership Initiative between Iowa State University, Michigan Technological University, North Dakota State University, and Western Michigan University. For more information on CIMCs at Bradley, contact Jackie Hogan.


Virtual Book Club on Ableism in Higher Ed

AccessADVANCE (an initiative of the University of Washington) is facilitating a book club on Academic Ableism: Disability and Higher Education by Jay Dolmage. We invite faculty and staff equity advocates and faculty with disabilities to engage in discussion about ableism in higher education. Our primary focus will be to explore strategies for making our institutions more welcoming and fostering greater inclusivity for people with disabilities. Discussions will focus on ways to address ableism via systemic change.

The book club will meet virtually every other Friday starting on October 20 from 1-2pm CST. Participants can access the book freely online in pdf and audiobooks formats or request that we purchase a physical book for them. These sessions are an opportunity to further engage with the book and each other but it is not required to attend them all. We encourage participants to join at least two sessions. Register via the following form. Please email Brianna Blaser ( if you have any questions or access needs. Zoom meetings will have automatic captions enabled, but please let us know if you need CART or ASL interpreting.


Bias in External Review Letters: Recommendations for Promotion and Tenure Committees

The ADVANCE Midwest Partnership - Joining Forces invites Bradley faculty members to participate in a free upcoming workshop that will provide valuable insights into promoting equity and fairness during the T&P evaluation process.

You can choose to attend the workshop on either:
Tues, Sept. 26, 2023, from 2 to 3 p.m. CST, OR on Wed., Sept. 27 from 9 to 10 a.m. CST.

You can register for either workshop at:

This workshop is designed to give members of promotion and tenure committees the opportunity to explore strategies for reducing bias and increasing equity in the use of external review letters. Participants will have the chance to engage in interactive sessions and gain practical recommendations with a focus on the external review process. During the workshop you will learn:

  • Strategies for enhancing inclusivity and equity in promotion and tenure assessments
  • Practical recommendations for navigating the promotion and tenure review process
  • Guidance for external reviewers on providing constructive and unbiased evaluations
  • Support for internal reviewers in recognizing and mitigating potential biases

Drawing from a critical analysis of 75 publicly available templates for requesting external T&P review letters, this workshop deepens your understanding of potential biases, particularly those affecting women and faculty of color.


Please join us for a virtual presentation, "Validity and fairness in promotion and tenure: Where and when is fairness in jeopardy?" on Tuesday, September 19 (12 p.m. CST). Dr. Christiane Spitzmueller, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Strategy at the University of California, Merced, and Dr. Juan Madera, Curtis L. Carlson Endowed Professor at the University of Houston, will consider findings from a study of more than 10,000 external review letters from over 2000 promotion cases at ten universities. This presentation is sponsored by the ADVANCE Midwest Partnership. Participation is free for Bradley faculty but registration is required. Just click on the link provided on the flyer.


Monday, August 28 at Noon in BR 125
flyer (Part of CTEL Engagement Week)


Welcome to ADVANCE BU
August 16, 2023, 8:30-9:30 am
Peplow Pavilion
Bradley Fall Forum, Morning Plenary
(Fostering Authentic Ownership of the University)
Jenny Gruening Burge, Jana Hunzicker Tom Richmond, and Jacqueline Hogan


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.