UW System Women and Science Program
We envision a future in which education in the STEM disciplines is accessible and attractive to diverse students resulting in STEM fields enriched by diverse practitioners. The mission of the Women and Science Program is to attract and retain more women and minority students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) by promoting systematic changes in the ways that science and science education are regarded and carried out within the University of Wisconsin System, the Wisconsin community and beyond.
In particular, the program seeks to:
- increase faculty expertise in inclusive and student-centered pedagogy;
- promote science education that includes analysis of the social context in which science is practiced;
- provide role models of women and minority STEM professionals, scholars, and educators;
- promote campus & classroom climates that attract and retain women and minority students in STEM disciplines; and
- foster collaborative communities for UW System STEM educators and students.
The UW System Women and Science Program 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 Women and Science program’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
The University of Wisconsin System Women and Science Program released our “Standing Together” statement highlighting our response to racism in STEM. WAS has also provided helpful links to be a better ally for people of color in STEM.
Caregiving during COVID
UW System Women’s & Gender Studies Consortium (WGSC) has provided UW System Campus Leaders a statement regarding caregiving recommendations as the UW System campuses prepare to return to campus in Fall 2020.
Spotlight on Teaching and Learning
WAS participated in Smart Girls Rock! which is designed to inspire students’ interest in STEM careers and provide the academic and career planning guidance they need to get where they want to go. Smart Girls Rock! was held 100% virtually in November 2020.