Partner Institutions

VAuLTS includes multiple institutions across the Northwest. The ADVANCE at WSU Steering Committee will guide the WSU team, prior ADVANCE grant recipient partners, and community partners/primarily undergraduate institutions (PUI).

Prior ADVANCE Grant Recipient Partners

Montana State University

Our primary goal was to transform Montana State University and broaden the participation of women faculty in STEM and underrepresented areas of Social and Behavioral Science (SBS) at MSU Bozeman. As former First Lady Obama articulated, invoking the metaphor of a “runner’ s track,” women faculty may find themselves on an “outside” track with hurdles to overcome and a longer distance to run. Our proposal initiatives aimed to transform MSU by removing those hurdles, and advancing women to an equal starting point, thus reducing the “accumulation of disadvantage” (Valian, 1998). Our project operationalized a highly innovative approach to the selection, implementation, and importantly, the empirical understanding of the transformation process.

  • Chatanika Stoop, Research Resources Coordinator, Project Manager, ADVANCE Project TRACS







Oregon State University

The overarching goal of OREGON STATE ADVANCE is to serve as a catalyst for advancing the study and practice of equity, inclusion, and justice for women and others from historically underrepresented groups who are faculty in the academy. Through this goal, we focus on influencing the personal, symbolic, and institutional levels of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and social and behavioral sciences (SBS) disciplines.

  • Jenny Engels, Undergraduate Programs Coordinator and leader of Oregon Sea Grant’s Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion group





University of Montana

The University of Montana Partnership for Comprehensive Equity (UM PACE) is an alliance of central administrators, deans, department heads/chairs and faculty has been formed to bring about lasting change in the following: Institutional policy, the number of tenure-line women on the faculty, the empowerment of faculty, and the creation of a statewide network of women scientists.







Western Washington University

To cultivate and maintain partnerships with faculty and inclusion programs locally & nationally that are devoted to the recruitment, retention and support of underrepresented faculty in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).





Community College and PUI Partners

Bellevue College

Bellevue College is located within the city limits of Bellevue, Washington, along the Interstate 90 corridor. The main campus is situated on 100 wooded acres within sight of the Cascade Range and the Puget Sound, approximately five miles from downtown Bellevue and 10 miles from downtown Seattle. As the third largest institution of higher learning in Washington, we open the door of higher education to more than 32,000 students each year.

Columbia Basin College

Columbia Basin College (CBC) is a public community college serving the Tri-Cities and surrounding communities since 1955. CBC’s mission is to inspire, educate, and support all students in an environment of academic excellence leading to the completion of degrees, certifications, and educational transfers, while fostering meaningful employment, engaged citizenship, and a life-long joy of learning. CBC offers both two and four-year degrees and one-year Certificates. Bachelor of Applied Science degrees are offered in Applied Management, Applied Management in Agriculture or Healthcare Administration, Cyber Security, Dental Hygiene, Information Technology, Project Management and Teacher Education. CBC also offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

Everett Community College

Everett Community College (EvCC) educates more than 19,000 students every year at several locations in Snohomish County, with most students and faculty at the main campus in north Everett. EvCC was founded in 1941, with the college’s first students taking classes at a converted elementary school. The college’s main campus moved to its present site in north Everett in 1958. Everett Community College’s north Everett campus is located at 2000 Tower Street in Everett on 46 acres near the Legion Memorial Park Golf Course. The campus includes 15 classroom and lab buildings named after the peaks of the Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges. The college serves students seeking a wide variety of education options. EvCC faculty and staff work closely with business and industry experts, community leaders and other educational institutions to provide students with relevant, challenging experiences inside and outside of the classroom.






Heritage University

Heritage University is an accredited, private institution offering a wide variety of academic programs and degrees. At Heritage, we believe that a college education should be accessible to anyone with the talent and drive to pursue a degree — regardless of economics, culture or geographic locations. Heritage University empowers a multi-cultural and inclusive student body to overcome the social, cultural, and economic and geographic barriers that limit access to higher education.

  • Jessica Black, Director – Center for Indigenous Health, Culture and the Environment, Chair – Science Department, Associate Professor – Environmental Science

Missoula College

Today, the variables that define career success are ever-changing. In order to get ahead and stay ahead you need the right kind of preparation. Career-focused education teaches you the skills that employers demand. You need hands-on, practical experience with real-world applications. And you need the right kind of job placement assistance to get started in your new career. Missoula College can give you the education you need to reach your goals.

Missoula College offers facilities to create a valuable and relevant learning experience for students. River Campus, designed by StudioFORMA Architects, opened in Fall 2017 and has innovative technology to prepare students for their careers, like a cadaver lab and cybersecurity center. West Campus has facilities to house heavy equipment, welding technology tools, our student-built modular homes, and more.






Wenatchee Valley College

Wenatchee Valley College enriches North Central Washington by serving educational and cultural needs of communities and residents throughout the service area. The college provides high-quality transfer, liberal arts, professional/technical, basic skills and continuing education for students of diverse ethnic and economic backgrounds.







Whatcom Community College

Whatcom Community College is a regionally and nationally accredited college with an accomplished faculty and staff who serve nearly 11,000 students annually. On its 72-acre campus in Bellingham, Wash., and through online courses, Whatcom offers transfer degrees, professional-technical training programs, as well as basic education, job skills, and Community & Continuing Education classes.

  • Carolyn Watson, Associate Dean for Health Professions

Yakima Valley College

Yakima Valley College (YVC) enriches and enhances individuals and communities by delivering accessible, student-centered education. YVC addresses the needs of its diverse communities by providing learning opportunities in basic literacy; academic, professional, and technical education; and lifelong learning.

  • Matthew Loeser, Director – S2TEMS, Biology Instructor

External Evaluator

Heather Seitz is a Professor of Biology at Johnson County Community College. She is also a PULSE Leadership Fellow in Midwest Great Plains Regional Network.