UW System Alliance for Inclusion, Diversity, Equity & Advancement in STEM
The mission of the IDEAS Alliance is to create a more inclusive, diverse, and equitable environment in STEM education within the UW System and the Wisconsin community. We promote the application of evidence-based practices in STEM education to catalyze systemic change and advance STEM fields and practitioners.
In particular, the program seeks to:
- Increase faculty expertise in inclusive, student-centered pedagogy
- Attract, retain, support, and advance diverse STEM students, staff, and faculty
- Promote STEM education that includes analysis of the social context in which science is practiced
- Cultivate cultural competencies in STEM environments
- Promote policies & nurture climates that attract and retain historically underrepresented students and educators in STEM disciplines
- Foster collaborative communities for UW System STEM administrators, educators, and students.
In order to carry out this mission our activities include:
- Offering data-informed, evidence-based faculty development opportunities
- Disseminating best practices to increase a sense of belonging among those from historically underrepresented populations in STEM
- Providing role models of women and minority STEM professionals, scholars, and educators
- Opportunities to build alliances and strengthen mentorship across the UW System
The UW System IDEAS Alliance is participating in a systemwide task force to advance research on the gendered impacts of COVID-19 in higher education and develop ways to sustain and support caregivers across the UW System.
Art credit: Rebecca Hayter, amplifier.org
Advancing Young Women in STEM Day
One of the UW System IDEAS Alliance’s goals is to provide role models of women and minority STEM professionals, scholars, and educators. Advancing Young Women in STEM Day is an annual event hosted by the Women and Science program to provide direct access for high school students from across Wisconsin to STEM women faculty and industry leaders