Chilean University Alliance for Women in Academia

In early 2019, Vice Provosts from 12 Chilean universities came together to form an Alliance with the purpose of improving the participation and visibility of women in academia. This initiative was supported by the Regional Office in Chile, and led by Judith Singer, James Bryant Conant Professor of Education and Senior Vice Provost for Faculty Development & Diversity at Harvard University.

The aim of the Alliance was to discuss and share experiences, best practices and difficulties within the universities, in order to increase the number of women in academia both as professors and students, and to enhance the visibility of the contribution they make to universities, both in research and in the education of students.

Locally, the Alliance is led by a designated university Vice Provost with a term of one year. Soledad Arellano from Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez led the group during the 2019-2020 academic year. The Alliance met again with Singer, in October 2019, at which time each university presented results from initial data collection regarding women's involvement in academia.

To contribute to the reduction of gender gaps that exist in the academic field, through collaboration and the design of concrete actions between the universities that are part of the network, the Universidad de las Américas and consequently, the Universidad Central assumed the leadership in the academic year 2020 and 2021 consecutively.

The focus has been to identify and to make visible the various activities that universities are developing to design actions around substantive equality in university spaces.

One of the major activities under the leadership of both universities within this collaborative space is the application of the Survey of Women in Academy -EMA- consolidating information that allows comparing data and reinforcing the activities that complement the efforts previously made by Universidad Adolfo Ibañez. The most successful and recent concrete actions are:

• Technical Review of the EMA 2021 Survey, adjustments according to current realities.

• Development of a qualitative instrument complementary to the EMA Survey.

• Technical coordination with the Study team of the Undersecretary of Science and Technology of Chile and presentation of the EMA Instrument and collaboration agreements for definitions and subsequent promotion of results in the dissemination spaces of the undersecretary.

• Elaboration of an Institutional Sheet that collects Good Practices of the participating Institutions to reduce gender gaps in the academy.