The University of California at Berkeley is getting a $2 million donation from the institute of technology to fund an innovative initiative that aims to combat gender bias at its research institutes.
The university will use the money to build a new research institute dedicated to addressing bias and bias-motivated discrimination, according to a statement from the university.
The institute, to be named after the institute’s president, Dr. Jameel Jaffer, will focus on addressing issues that affect women and minority students, particularly those from underserved communities.
“We recognize that the problem is systemic and systemic issues have a direct impact on women and girls, and we want to work with the institute to ensure that our programs and resources are more equitable and inclusive,” said the university in a statement.
The institute will work with faculty and staff to ensure the institute focuses on issues that impact the highest priority of the students, said the statement.
“Our goal is to ensure equitable access to the highest quality research, with the goal of creating a better, more inclusive university for all,” it said.
The statement did not specify how much the institute will pay.
The Eye Institute was founded in 2005 to combat discrimination against women and gender minorities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
The institution received a $6 million grant from the federal government last year.
The Berkeley institute will use part of the money for the hiring of an executive director and four senior researchers.
The president of the institute, Dr Jaffer said in a speech on Monday that he expects the institute would be open to diversity of perspectives and experiences.
The foundation announced the institute plans to spend about $2,500 on a $25,000 grant to support the new institute.
A second $25.6 million is earmarked for an additional $25 million, which will include hiring more staff and funding a “community-building initiative.”
The institute is one of three institutions across the country that are working to combat bias in research.
At the University, the Institute for Social Research and the College of Engineering, researchers are required to disclose their race, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, disability, and socioeconomic status, among other information.
A new report from the Center for Women in Science, which tracks research findings, found that women are less likely to be accepted for a job in STEM than men.
The report found that while women have made significant progress in science over the last three decades, their rates of advancement remain lower than their male colleagues.
The report said that women’s advancement in STEM fields is significantly underrepresented.
“Despite the fact that we are making significant progress, women still remain underrepresented in many fields of science and technology,” the report said.
The College of Business, the institute that is leading the new initiative, will also be expanding its outreach to women and minorities.
“The Eye and College of Arts and Sciences will be working together to support an inclusive workplace for women and people of color in STEM,” said Sarah J. Cram, associate vice president for the Eye Institute, in a news release.
“Together, we will continue to invest in gender equity and equality and will actively support initiatives to ensure our students have access to diverse, inclusive and culturally responsive environments.”
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