Lehigh Men Advocates and Allies for Gender Equity

Men faculty who wish to play an active role in strengthening the culture of Lehigh so women and men can be successful.  Contact the Coordinator to get involved.

In support of the goals of the LU ADVANCE Center, our mission is to exert a positive influence, primarily among faculty men, on the campus climate regarding gender equity and fairness at Lehigh University.

Lehigh’s ADVANCE Men Advocates are led by a coordinator selected by the team who sets the agenda for meetings, acts as a liaison to the ADVANCE Center Leadership Advisory Council, and reports for the group.  The coordinator is assisted by a group member who acts as secretary.  Each active advocate will submit a yearly individual action plan.  We welcome inquiries from men faculty wishing to join us in support of the goals of LU ADVANCE.  Allies attend a basic educational workshop lead by the Advocates and are encouraged to become advocates in the future. 

a) Promote positive program, department, and college climates through individual actions

b) Develop the skills of advocates, allies, and men faculty through workshops, conversations, reading, and everyday awareness

c) Advocate for actions that support women, such as calling attention to climate and policy issues that affect women negatively and encouraging recognition of achievement

d) Recruit additional advocates and allies

2018-2019 ADVOCATES

William Bulman, History

Kwame Essien,  History and Africana Studies

James Gilchrist, Chemical Engineering

Jeff Heflin, Computer Science and Engineering

Garth Isaak, Mathematics

Hartley Lachter, Religion Studies

Will Lowry, Theatre

Joseph Manzo, Accounting 

Augustine Ripa, TheatreSecretary,

Michael Stavola, Physics, Coordinator

Additional Advocates joining April 2019: 

Ivan Biaggio, Physics

Mark Erle, Computer Science and Engineering

Wei-Min Huang, Mathematics

Gordon Moskowitz, Psychology

Greg Skutches, Writing Across Curriculum

Damien Thevenin, Chemistry

Kemal Tuzla, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Read more about origins of this initiative here.

Peer reviewed articles about this type of allyship in higher ed among faculty: