The ARC Network will work to achieve STEM equity in the by 2025. Traditionally, the call to achieve gender parity in STEM has been to focus on “fixing” the women. The ADVANCE Resource and Coordination (ARC) Network is the anti-thesis. The ARC Network will strive to advance equity nationally by facilitating the adoption and implementation of evidence-based systemic initiatives with institutions of higher education and other STEM organizations that affect those in STEM workplaces. The ARC Network Community will play an integral role in developing a diverse, multi-disciplinary, and cross-sectional network with a target audience that includes: faculty, researchers, practitioners, administrators, decision-makers, funders, editorial staff and publishers, diversity and inclusion groups, professional societies, industry stakeholders, existing and emerging communities of practice. Our work will be intersectional, intentional, and inclusive:
We recognize the value of nuanced perspectives. STEM Equity cannot be realized without understanding the full experience traditionally excluded identities live. The ARC Network will incorporate an intersectional lens as it navigates to understand the tools needed for change and works to reduce duplication of equity and systemic change efforts.
We recognize the value of intentionality. Ensuring STEM equity is achieved requires intentional focus and commitment to elevating the participation of traditionally excluded identities by researchers and practitioners alike. As part of ARC Research Network, a comprehensive sweep of the systemic change research landscape will be commissioned through the Virtual Visiting Scholars Programs, High Performance Charrettes, and the development of community standards on STEM faculty equity and systemic change.
We recognize the value of connecting inclusiveness to organizational principles and practices. Understanding how institutions transform to eliminate bias, reduce barriers, and build capacity, can only be scaled and disseminated through authentic, communal relationships. The ARC Network Community plays an integral role in developing a diverse, multi-disciplinary, and cross-sectional community supported by a robust online platform with rich, curated material that represents the contexts in which these organizations work change the environment, and not women or those with excluded identities.