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Implementation of Advocates and Allies Programs to Support and Promote Gender Equity in Academia. Despite increasing attention and progress, the goal of achieving gender equality remains elusive across academic disciplines, particularly engineering. In, received an NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation grant to increase the participation of women infaculty and administrative positions and to address institutional deficiencies in recruitment,retention, advancement, and climate. One unique and effective initiative of ADVANCE project is the development, implementation, and sustainment of an Advocates and Allies program. Recognizing the vital role of majority groups (in this case men) to sustain or change institutional culture, the Advocates and Allies program intentionally establishes a network of trained male faculty who work with other male faculty to promote gender equity.The success of the Advocates and Allies model has attracted national attention, including published papers, invited presentations and webinars, broadly disseminated advocacy tips, and adoption and implementation of Advocates and Allies programs at multiple institutions.To encourage broader adoption of the Advocates and Allies model, we discuss in this paper the implementation of Advocates and Allies programs at the original ADVANCE institution as well as four additional institutions. These institutions represent a mixture of characteristics such as public/private, research/teaching, size, geographic, and other diversity elements. To begin, we overview the essential elements of the Advocates and Allies model and summarize the theoretical and empirical frameworks supporting the use of men as change agents to promote gender equity. Next, we describe the institutional context of the original ADVANCE institution,detail the format and implementation of its Advocates and Allies program while paying particular attention to institution-specific factors, and then highlight the successes and challenges in establishing, operating, and sustaining the Advocates and Allies group. This follows with individual descriptions, each using a consistent format, for the four additional institutions. The paper concludes by identifying common themes in the implementation of Advocates and Allies programs and providing recommendations for other institutions to begin their own Advocates and Allies programs.

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Bilen-Green, C., & Carpenter, J. P., & Doore, S., & Green, R. A., & Horton, K. J., & Jellison, K. L., & Latimer, S. M., & Levine, M. J., & O'Neal, D. P. (2015, June), Implementation of Advocates and Allies Programs to Support and Promote Gender Equity in Academia Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24242


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