Building Gender Equity in the Academy

The national learning series Building Gender Equity in the Academy: Institutional Strategies for Change provides higher education change leaders the opportunity to plan how they can improve equity on their faculties to address the challenge of creating more inclusive academic workplaces. Taking a systemic approach to organizational change, the series will focus on creating institutional change portfolios that includes attention to recruitment and hiring, retention and promotion of faculty, leadership, and culture.

This learning series is designed for current and emerging change leaders from colleges and universities, including STEM faculty as well as provosts, deans, and department chairs, human resource and institutional research leaders, and directors of teaching and learning centers. Team of 3-4 individuals are encouraged to participate together.

The first three sessions address core learning objectives through interactive presentations and discussions, guided by readings and questions from the book. The final learning session will engage institutional teams in small group conversation to identify lessons learned for their ongoing and future reform efforts.  Recordings of the learning series are made available for individuals and teams to re-watch at a later date.



  • Session 1: February 1, 2021, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm ET
  • Session 2: March 1, 2021, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm ET
  • Session 3: April 5, 2021, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm ET
  • Session 4: May 3, 2021, 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm ET

The learning series focuses on developing a systemic approach to diversifying STEM faculty, staff, and leaders. Drs. Laursen and Austin guide participants through discussions of the successful work being done by colleges and universities around the country. Participants in the learning series will learn how to select and apply tested strategies for gender equity within the context of their institution, including:

  • implementing inclusive recruitment and hiring practices
  • addressing biased evaluation methods
  • establishing equitable tenure and promotion processes
  • strengthening accountability structures, particularly among senior leadership
  • improving unwelcoming department climates and cultures
  • supporting dual-career couples
  • offering flexible work arrangements that accommodate personal lives
  • promoting faculty professional development and advancement
Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:

  • Articulate the major findings of the book
  • Better understand the context for equity and where inequities exist on their campus
  • Learn at least one strategy for improving gender equity that could be effective in their institution’s/department’s context
  • Acknowledge the intersection of gender with other personal identities and learn how that impacts equity in academia
  • Develop connections with others who are interested in addressing gender equity in academia

  • Ann Austin
  • Sandra Laursen

Registration Fees.*
  • Member (affiliated with a SEA Change institution): $35
  • Guest (not affiliated with a SEA Change Member Institution): $100
*Registration is currently closed. Registration will reopen after recordings of all the live events are available in mid-May.