Dr. Kathryn Clancy from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, visiting Fall 2015.
Established in 2010, the TAMU ADVANCE Center is a program incubator engaged in research and evidence-based advocacy to broaden the climate of inclusion for all faculty. The overarching goal of the Center – which is aligned with TAMU’s Diversity Plan, Action 2015, and Vision 2020 as well as the State of Texas Higher Education Plan - is to further weave the values of diversity, inclusion, and respect into the culture of our institution. This goal is reinforced with programming for administrators, faculty, staff, and students that focuses on improvement of workplace climate and the recruitment, retention, and success of diverse faculty of excellence. Some ADVANCE initiatives are innovative; some build on previous institutional efforts by taking things to a new level. However, the TAMU ADVANCE theory of institutional change assumes that no single initiative will substantially impact progress. Instead, a series of interrelated programs and vigilant attention are necessary for institutional transformation and a Psychologically Healthy Workplace, the underlying conceptual framework of our program.