The Multi-Campus Transformation and Equity Network (MCTEN) focuses on transformative interventions to create a robust cross-campus network of faculty, establish southern California as a regional center for diversity and excellence in STEM. Adopting small group, network, and community-building approaches, with a specific focus on intersectionality, MCTEN is creating intra- and inter-institutional connections to support sustainable change in academic STEM, advancing research, innovation, and excellence, and better serving the students in the San Diego region who meet the STEM workforce needs of the nation. MCTEN brings innovative applications of ADVANCE interventions to our two campuses. We draw from small-group theory and network science to reduce the negative impacts of the lived experiences of isolation and stress reported by women and underrepresented faculty in STEM fields and disciplines. This partnership demonstrates how ADVANCE interventions across campuses in a region can support and empower diverse faculty and allow all scholars to thrive.
MCTEN Writing Retreat
This January, MCTEN convened our first writing retreat. We intend to use retreats as another initiative to reduce faculty isolation and stress .The breakdown of in-person interaction because of COVID-19 has caused instability of connections that faculty rely on to feel connected and productive. To directly combat this, we leveraged the functions of the Action Collaboratives to design and execute an in-person all outdoor Writing Retreat January 15-16, 2022.
The conference facility selected provided rooms with separate outdoor entrances, with an outdoor pier/dock set aside as a work space. This convening enabled participants to engage in both individual and collaborative work, and a safe, low-pressure environment in which to make real connections with colleagues.