Dr. Crystal Bedley Named Project Director of the ARC Network, the STEM Equity Brain Trust

Mar 4, 2020 | Press Release

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Dr. Crystal Bedley Named Project Director of the ARC Network, the STEM Equity Brain Trust
AWIS is Backbone Organization of this NSF-Funded Initiative

Crystal Bedley, PhD

Crystal Bedley, PhD

ARC Network Project Director

WASHINGTON, DC, March 4, 2020: Crystal Bedley, PhD, joins the AWIS team as project director of the ARC Network, the NSF-funded STEM equity brain trust. The ARC Network is distinctive because it expands on two decades of the National Science Foundation (NSF) ADVANCE community’s work and convenes diverse audiences to collaborate, share, and implement the best practices and tools shown to affect change.

“We are delighted to have Crystal Bedley join the Association for Women in Science (AWIS) team as ADVANCE Resource and Coordination (ARC) Network Project Director,” said AWIS CEO Sandy Robert. “Crystal’s longstanding commitment to leading a range of activities focused on gender equity make her ideal to serve in this capacity.” 

An award-winning mentor and teacher, Dr. Bedley has formally engaged in promoting and supporting women in STEM for over a decade through research on push and pull factors for women STEM faculty, and through programming to support women in STEM undergraduates, graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and faculty. Dr. Bedley earned a PhD in Sociology from Rutgers University where she studied the implications of the multiracial population on race relations, the meaning of family, and their depictions in mainstream media. Throughout her career, she has worked to promote diversity, equity and inclusion in higher education and has expertise in program evaluation, evidence-based diversity and inclusion strategies, and climate survey research.

“I am energized by the opportunities to engage scholars, practitioners, and decision-makers in improving gender equity in STEM,” said Dr. Bedley. “The cutting-edge research being conducted by the ARC Network’s Virtual Visiting Scholars and interdisciplinary research workshop working groups provides additional depth and breadth for unpacking and addressing gender (in)equities in STEM. I am most excited to lead the community engagement efforts, building on the strong foundation present through Mendeley platform and the Equity in STEM Community Convening because positive change must be accomplished collectively.”

Funded by the National Science Foundation ADVANCE Program, Award HRD-1740860, the ARC Network seeks to achieve gender equity for faculty in higher education STEM disciplines. As the STEM equity brain trust, the ARC Network recognizes the achievements made so far while producing new perspectives, methods and interventions with an intersectional, intentional and inclusive lens.

Heather Metcalf, PhD

Heather Metcalf, PhD

PI for the ARC Network

Rochelle L. Williams, PhD

Rochelle L. Williams, PhD

Co-PI for the ARC Network

Joan Herbers, PhD

Joan Herbers, PhD

Co-PI and Chair of the ARC Research Board

Gail Gasparich, PhD

Gail Gasparich, PhD

Co-PI and Chair of the External Advisory Committee

The ARC Network co-PI team is comprised of Heather Metcalf, PhD, Chief Research Officer, AWIS; Rochelle L. Williams, PhD, Senior Director of Programs, National Society of Black Engineers; Joan Herbers, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Ohio State University; and Gail Gasparich, PhD, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, Salem State University.

The leading advocate for women in STEM AWIS serves as the backbone organization of the ARC Network.

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About AWIS:
The Association for Women in Science (AWIS) is a global network with 80 grassroots chapters and affiliates connecting more than 100,000 professionals in STEM with members, allies and supporters worldwide. Founded in 1971, AWIS has been the leading advocate for women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to achieve business growth, social change, and innovation. To learn more, visit www.awis.org and www.stemtomarket.org and follow @AWISNational and @stemtomarket on Twitter and Facebook.

 

 

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