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ADVANCE Internal Advisory Action Council


The mission of the ADVANCE Internal Advisory Action Council is to actively promote the principles and practices of ADVANCE within the URI community, help assess its impact, and provide assistance in effectively institutionalizing, and thus sustaining, the goals and activities of ADVANCE at URI.

Participants: This group will be comprised of University leaders who will meet on a semi-regular basis, although some may participate at a more active, committee level. Participants will be asked to serve at least a 2-year term.


  • Help increase awareness and understanding of the goals and activities of ADVANCE and general issues related to women and under-represented groups in STEM
  • Endorse and promote educational opportunities that contribute to a better understanding of workplace climate and diversity.
  • Endorse and promote policies and programs that contribute to diversity, a more welcoming work environment, and work-life-family balance
  • Endorse and promote creative initiatives for the recruitment of women and under-represented groups in STEM.
  • Assist in securing funding to continue related initiatives during and after the grant period.


Peter August, Director, Coastal Institute
Winifred Brownell, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
Shaw Chen, Associate Dean, College of Business Administration
David Farmer, Dean, Graduate School of Oceanography
Clifford Katz, Assistant Provost
Bahram Nassersharif, Dean, College of Engineering
Candace Oviatt, Professor of Oceanography
Jeff Seemann, Dean, College of the Environment and Life Sciences
Carolyn Sovet, Director, Women’s Center
M. Beverly Swan, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Melvin Wade, Director, Multicultural Center
Bob Weygand, Vice President of Administration
Chip Young, Communication Liaison Coastal Resources Center

The emphasis for this committee is action. Participants were asked to consider themselves change agents, and not just idea-producers. Each member, as an influential leader at URI, has been asked to be task-oriented, and engage in actions that will actually make tangible change. To help provide a proactive framework to help accomplish this mission, we offer to the IAAC The ADVANCE Rules of Engagement.

March 31, 2006 IAAC Meeting

IAAC Quote

June 2, 2006 IAAC Meeting

View the Subcommittee worksheets:

Summary notes forthcoming….

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