Building on the past, reaching toward the future:
ADVANCE-ing Texas A&M University

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.

Conversations with our Highly Accomplished Faculty

  • Dr. Karen Wooley

    "Find your passion and follow it. If you don't love what you do, change it. Don't be concerned with negative criticism. Treat everyone equally regardless of factors that are beyond their control (gender, race, etc.)."

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  • Dr. Marcetta Darensbourg

    "When I realized I loved scholarship, particularly chemistry, and that my personality was to explore and be independent, a career in academia was the best choice for me."

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  • Dr. Olga Kocharovskaya

    "With the birth of our son, maintaining work-life balance became truly challenging. But from the bottom of my heart, I would like to advise female researchers not to be afraid to meet this challenge."

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  • Dr. Kim Dunbar

    "Expect the most of yourself, work hard, and find a scientific path that you are passionate about and which takes advantage of your finest qualities."

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