University of California, Riverside

Diversity @ UCR




UC Riverside won a $599,219 grant from the National Science Foundation to develop a program aimed at recruiting, retaining and developing the leadership skills of women faculty in the sciences, engineering, technology and mathematics (STEM) disciplines, particularly women who are underrepresented minorities.

The three-year grant  funds the program entitled the "FORWARD" (Faculty Organization foR Women's Advancement, Recognition and Development). The goal is to increase the number of tenured women faculty in STEM fields - science, technology, engineering and mathematics - in the United States.

Additionally, UC Riverside takes this mission one step further in that it plans to foster career success and develop leadership skills for all women faculty as well. Funds to support all women faculty at the Riverside campus comes from matching funds from the UCR Office of the Provost.

The Team

Principal Investigator

  • Yolanda Moses, Professor of Anthropology, and Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Excellence and Equity

Co-Principal Investigators

  • Cynthia Larive, Professor of Chemistry
  • Marylynn Yates, Professor of Environmental Microbiology
  • Sharon Walker, Associate Professor of Chemical and Environmental Engineering
  • Lindsey Malcolm, Assistant Professor of Education (formerly a Co-PI)

Project Implementation

The NSF grant has funded or will fund the following programs and activities:

  • September 26, 2011, FORWARD kick-off meeting;
  • Annual retreats and series of mentoring, professional development and leadership workshops tailored to junior women and underrepresented minority faculty in departments where they are significantly outnumbered;
  • Mentoring and a support network for women faculty of color in STEM disciplines within the 10-campus UC system, California State Universities and the state's community colleges;
  • A toolkit to help STEM women identify the steps they need to take to achieve success;
  • An interactive database to allow faculty and administrators to track the recruitment, retention and women faculty success at UCR;
  • Other programs at UCR and statewide that will be sustained after the NSF grant expires.

Reports and Data

External Links and Resources

  • The Association for Women in Science (AWIS) is the nation's largest multi-discipline organization for women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). It is committed to driving excellence in STEM and achieving equity for women of all disciplines, across all employment sectors. 

More Information 

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

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