I will focus on the Institutional Transformation program at the University of Michigan, which aims to improve the work environment for women faculty in science and engineering. I will outline the nature of the issues facing us, the approaches we have used to address the issues, and some key successes. This will include a focus on (1) understanding the nature of the problem; (2) influencing recruitment; (3) changing the climate, including interventions at the institutional, departmental and individual level; and (4) altering policies that affect the climate. In each area, I will outline specific practices that have had beneficial effects.
These pilots and findings should have application to industry as well as academia – we will be able to discuss how some of our strategies might work in other settings, as well as some strategies that have been tried in other settings that we might learn from!