The Gender Equity Committee wants to extend an invitation to participate in the National Science Foundation ADVANCE VAuLTS Partnership spring meeting on May 13-14 in the Memorial Union. This conference is being hosted by the Oregon Sea Grant and will explore the successful strategies of different types of leaders and will include keynote talks and facilitation by Dr. Ann Austin (author of Building Gender Equity in the Academy: Institutional Strategies for Change) and Dr. Jaime Lester.  We will also be hosting a “Change Leaders” panel that showcases the experiences of both grassroots and positional leaders on May 14 from 11-12:30.

The goals of the Values-Based Academic Leadership Trajectories for Women in STEM project include:

  • Increasing mid-career STEM women faculty engagement in career advancement and leadership
  • Supporting advancement of mid-career women faculty in STEM at the institutional level

More information including registration can be found here:

There are no conference fees. Contact Jenny Engels below with any questions you have.  

Jenny Engels, PhD (she/her)

Oregon Sea Grant Undergraduate Programs Coordinator & DEIJA Co-Lead, Oregon State University

Pacific Northwest ADVANCE Partnership Liaison, Oregon State University

Voicemail: (541) 737-2011  Cell: (808) 772-0331  Email:

1600 SW Western Boulevard, Room 334; Corvallis, OR 97333

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Tentative Conference Agenda:

Day 1: May 13, 2024 (Noon – 9:00 PM)

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM: Registration, Lunch, and Networking
1:00 PM – 1:30 PM: Welcome and Conference Overview
– Introduction to the VAuLTs Conference
– Objectives of the Gathering
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM: Keynote 1: “Creating More Inclusive and Equitable Organizations: Strategies for Fostering Systemic Organizational Change.”
2:45 PM – 3:15 PM: Break
3:15 PM – 4:00 PM: Breakout Groups
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM: Break Out Group Report Out Session
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM:  Break
6:30 PM– 7:15 PM: Dinner at hotel
7:15 PM– 8:15 PM: 
Lightning Talks
8:15 PM– 9:00 PM: Networking Break and Closing Day 1

Day 2: May 14, 2024 (8:30 AM – 4:00 PM)

8:45 AM – 9:30 AM: Breakfast
9:30 AM – 10:45 AM: Keynote 2: Change Leadership to Create More Equitable Organizations: Why and How Both Grassroots Leaders and Positional Leaders are Needed.
10:45 AM – 11:00 AM: Break
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM: Change Leaders Panel
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM: Lunch
1:30 PM – 2:15 PM: Breakout Groups
2:15 PM – 3:00 PM: Break Out Group Report Out Session
3:00 PM – 3:30 PM: Closing Remarks and Workshop Evaluation
– Reflecting on the Workshop Experience
– Collecting Feedback for Future Workshops

Please note that this agenda is subject to minor adjustments, and participants are encouraged to actively engage in discussions, networking, and group activities throughout the workshop to maximize their learning and collaboration opportunities.

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