Advancing Collaborative Evaluation (ACE) Network

2017 Call for Qualifications to the Advancing Collaborative Evaluation (ACE) Network is Open! Deadline is extended to Friday, October 27.
The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Research, Evaluation, Evidence and Data Unit is now actively soliciting qualifications of evaluators and small evaluation firms with leadership from historically underrepresented racial and ethnic groups with evaluation expertise in areas including juvenile justice, child welfare, family economic opportunity, community change, education, environment, public health, immigration and other program areas. Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply to be entered into a database for funders to consult when seeking evaluation services. In a future phase of the ACE Network, the database will be made available online for organizations to publicly access when seeking evaluation services.

You or your firm may apply as an “independent evaluator,” a “university/college-affiliated evaluation researcher” or an “evaluation firm.” In each category, applicants must reside in the United States and be from a historically underrepresented racial or ethnic group. We are also accepting applications from principal investigators who are employed at a firm. Please check “independent evaluator” in the application, and identify your title and firm affiliation in your cover letter. In each category, applicants must reside in the United States and be from a historically underrepresented racial or ethnic group.
Please go to to access the online application form. Please see full details on this opportunity here.

Current members of the ACE Network do not need to reapply. Applications are due on Friday, October 27, 2017.
Keecha Harris and Associates, Inc. (KHA, Inc.) is overseeing the Call for Qualifications (CFQ) application, review and selection process. For more information on the CFQ to the ACE Network, please contact Sara Padilla at

New Resource for Women in STEM Launches

The UConn Persistence of Women in STEM Committee is pleased to announce the launch of UConn’s first ever Women in STEM hub geared specifically towards the unique needs of women pursuing STEM degrees and careers.

Majoring in STEM can be both challenging and rewarding. As a woman pursuing a STEM degree, it may feel like “cards are stacked against you”. Stereotypes, biases, lack of mentorship, and other concerns can be overwhelming, but the website seeks to tell students that they are not alone. This site is designed especially for them to provide necessary information, resources, and connections so that they can reach their personal and professional goals. The hub provides information that is both insightful and empowering for women in STEM. Please explore the site at your leisure, share with your staff and students who might be interested, and let us know what you think.

This initiative has been supported by UConn’s Persistence of Women in STEM Committee which is currently housed under the Institute of Student Success under the direction of Dr. Maria D. Martinez and was founded in fall 2014 as an extension of the Women in STEM subcommittee of the University’s Graduation Retention Task Force.

Cultural Center Directors to Present at NCORE 2017

Angela Rola, Director of the Asian American Cultural Center, and Fany Hannon, Director of the Puerto Rican/Latin American Cultural Center will be presenting The FLAN Effect: Developing Personal and Organizational Cultural Competencies for Student Organizations, at the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education (NCORE), in June 2017.


Since its inception, NCORE has evolved into a vital national resource for higher education institutions, providing an annual multicultural forum that attracts Black/African Americans, American Indians, Asian/Pacific Islanders, Latino/as, and European Americans representing higher education institutions across the United States.

The NCORE conference series constitutes the leading and most comprehensive national forum on issues of race and ethnicity in American higher education. The conference focuses on the complex task of creating and sustaining comprehensive institutional change designed to improve racial and ethnic relations on campus and to expand opportunities for educational access and success by culturally diverse, traditionally underrepresented populations.

NCORE is designed to provide a significant forum for discussion, critical dialogue, and exchange of information as institutions search for effective strategies to enhance access, social development, education, positive communication, and cross-cultural understanding in culturally diverse settings (NCORE, 2017).

Learn more about NCORE 2017 here!


Congratulations to the Women’s Center past staff and volunteers as they were celebrated for their leadership at last “The Future is Now” event, which was hosted by CWEALF and Young Women Rising.

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