ADVANCE is a unit within the Dean of Faculties Office that strives to create a psychologically healthy workplace at Texas A&M where all faculty can thrive and succeed. A key objective of ADVANCE is to weave the values of diversity, inclusion, and respect into the culture of the institution. ADVANCE does this by providing education, support and outreach for ALL Texas A&M faculty in the form of programs, resources, presentations, and research.
ADVANCE programs and activities focus on three general areas:
(1) the improvement of the workplace climate for Texas A&M faculty;
(2) the recruitment and retention of diverse faculty of excellence; and
(3) the development of academic leaders committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Key programs include STRIDE workshops for faculty search committee members, the ADVANCE NCFDD Faculty Success Fellows program to support faculty participation within the National Center for Faculty Diversity and Development's Faculty Success Program, and the ADVANCE Administrative Fellows Program to give emerging leaders an opportunity to try out a new administrative role. ADVANCE also offers tailored workshops to departments and colleges upon request.
ADVANCE is supported by a network of faculty, staff, and students who support the mission. The network includes the administrative support team, the Advisory Committee, the STRIDE Committee, the Program Committee, and a team of ADVANCE Diversity Champions.