ADVANCE: Advocates & Allies

Welcome to the Marquette University Advocates and Allies (A&A) Men Faculty Gender Equity Initiative and our ongoing gender equity advocacy efforts in academic institutions. The objective of the A&A initiative is to intentionally involve faculty men in institutional change to transform departmental cultures and practices with respect to issues of gender equity, particularly in units with very few women.

This initiative is inspired and adapted from the Advocates and Allies program developed at North Dakota State University (NDSU) as part of their ADVANCE FORWARD NSF grant over 10 years ago. It was created as a signature program designed to improve gender equity through direct and proactive engagement of men faculty. It turned out to be one of the most effective programs, it was replicated at more than 20 other universities with ADVANCE awards.

Based on the premise that men play a central role in deconstructing (and/or perpetuating) gender-inequities, the signature A&A program was designed to support men faculty, in consultation with women faculty, in gender-equity efforts. It includes two essential components: 1) recognizing the implicit and explicit intersectional manifestations of gendered discrimination and 2) effectively and systematically generating individual behaviors and institutional policies that interrupt inequities and foster gender justice.


Senior men faculty who educate themselves about issues of gender [in]equity

  • Cris Ababei, PhD, Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • David Baker, PhD, Professor, Biomedical Sciences
  • John Borg, P.E., Chair and Professor, Mechanical Engineering
  • Dennis Brylow, Ph.D., Professor, Computer Science
  • Alan Burkard, Ph.D., Interim Dean, College of Education
  • John Grych, PhD, Professor, Psychology
  • Richard Friman, PhD, Eliot Fitch Professor for International Studies & Professor, Political Science
  • Nicholas Jolly, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Economics
  • Gary Krenz, PhD, Professor, Mathematical and Statistical Sciences
  • Pat McNamara, Associate Professor, Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering
  • Robert W. Peoples, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences
  • Nicholas Reiter, PhD, Assistant Professor, Chemistry
  • Martin St. Maurice, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Biological Sciences
  • Tim Tharp, PhD, Assistant Professor, Physics
  • Gabriel Velez, PhD, Assistant Professor, Educational Policy and Leadership


Men faculty whom the Advocates train as proponents for gender equity in their departments

Upcoming Events

Stay tuned for future events!


Past Events 

Men Allies for Gender Equity: Learn to be an effective advocate

  • When: February 18th, 10AM-12PM or 1PM-3PM
  • These two interactive workshops encourage and equip men to serve as effective allies for gender equity in STEM settings. To begin, we highlight Marquette University data on the recruitment, retention, and advancement of women as well as the importance of institutional climate. Next, we overview recent literature that helps explain why and how gender inequity occurs. Lastly, we introduce and develop concepts, vocabulary, actions, and practical skills to promote gender equity.
  • The workshop is structured as an interactive conversation with opportunities to learn, ask questions, and practice skills through scenario-based exercises. The Men Allies for Gender Equity workshop utilizes a men-only format, which helps promote candid discussions and safe conversation spaces for the target male audience.
  • This workshop will be led by: Roger Green, Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, North Dakota State University. Dr. Green has conducted Ally Workshops at universities throughout the country since 2009.
  • Register on Eventbrite.




Advocates and Allies at Other Universities (incomplete list):