BRIDGE Project

Building Relationships to Increase Diversity and Gender Equity (BRIDGE)

The goal of the Bridge project, Building Relationships to Increase Diversity and Gender Equity (BRIDGE) in Hawaii’s Two-Year College System, is to improve recruitment, retention, promotion and success of women faculty in all STEM fields.

The University of Hawaii Community College (UHCC) System, in partnership with University of Hawaii Hilo (UHH), will conduct comprehensive institutional assessments at seven two-year campuses and implement a set of responsive interventions at eight campuses, including UHH. The project is based on an earlier study Exploring Diversity and Gender Equity (EDGE) conducted at UH-Hilo in 2012-2015, under NSF ADVANCE Catalyst grant award #HRD-1209223.

The mission of the BRIDGE Project is to implement sustainable and effective approaches to develop a pipeline of women researchers and educators in all STEM fields in Hawaii.

Project objectives support the overall goal:

  • Conduct comprehensive institutional assessments, using an intersectional lens approach, at seven two-year UH campuses, to better understand the issues and obstacles that currently face retention and career progression for women in STEM fields; and
  • Implement a set of interventions which respond to issues identified in the institutional assessments and which can be sustained and scaled in the future.

More information is available at BRIDGE Project

ADVANCE-NSF funded Institutional Assessment: University of Hawaiʻi Community Colleges, University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo, University of Hawaiʻi at West Oahu* National Science Foundation, No.1725604, $1,250,281

conducted under the auspices of the:

National Science Foundation (NSF) ADVANCE Partnership: Building Relationships to Increase Diversity and Gender Equity in Hawaii’s Two-Year College System
National Science Foundation, No.1725604, $1,250,281


Marina Karides, DPhil, Principal Investigator

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