Learn More about the AccessADVANCE Project

Faculty member Jen Mankoff works on a computer with two students.

AccessADVANCE activities take an intersectional approach to increase the participation and advancement of individuals who identify as women with disabilities in academic science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers. Female faculty with disabilities in STEM fields is an understudied and often invisible population. 

Issues related to this population are important to address because even though there are relatively few females who currently hold faculty positions, female students with disabilities finishing up Ph.D. programs and any faculty members may at some point in their careers become disabled, permanently or temporarily. To create truly inclusive and equitable academic workplaces, it is imperative to systematically address issues impacting the career advancement and success of female faculty with disabilities using an intersectional approach.  Project objectives are

For Institutions and Projects: To increase the engagement and capacity of ADVANCE, INCLUDES, and other programs that promote women in STEM and their host institutions to make institutional changes that make academic STEM careers more welcoming and accessible to women with disabilities.

For Individuals: To increase the interest and success of women with disabilities in pursuing academic STEM careers through outreach activities.

For the Entire Community: To expand an online Knowledge Base and other resources to share Q&As, case studies, and promising practices regarding institutional practices to increase the participation of women with disabilities in academic STEM careers.