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Science  23 Nov 2018:
Vol. 362, Issue 6417, pp. 906-907
DOI: 10.1126/science.362.6417.906-d

U.S. funding agencies are committed to bringing gender equality to STEM. As these programs begin to mature, is there evidence that they benefit more than just the women involved? Smith et al. designed and tested a gender-diversity program that supported the autonomy, relatedness, and competence of female faculty. Over the course of 3 years, researchers collected data from male and female tenure track faculty involved with the program and found positive changes in job satisfaction over time for everyone. Specifically, the more a faculty member felt involved with the project, the more positive changes were reported, suggesting that although diversity programs may target only one group, the results can have positive impacts on everyone who feels involved.

J. Divers. High. Educ. 10.1037/dhe0000066 (2017).

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