U I C WISEST - Women in Science and Engineering System Transformation

History of WISEST

2003 - Summer 2006:

In 2003, UIC took ownership of increasing gender equity in STEM by launching the WISEST Initiative. With a small amount of funding from NSF and monies made available by the Provost and the Vice-Chancellor of Research, WISEST began to undertake a series of significant initiatives.

The WISEST Initiative is proud of its accomplishments in the three years prior to receiving the NSF ADVANCE award:

Summer 2006 - Present:

In 2006, NSF selected WISEST to receive a $3.3 million NSF ADVANCE Award over a five-year period. This funding allows WISEST to accelerate its activities to increase the number, participation, and leadership status of women faculty-majority and minority-in the eleven science and engineering (STEM) departments at UIC.

2006 WISEST Funded Proposal

WISEST collaborates with a network of faculty facilitators from all STEM departments, department heads, an executive committee of key administrators, and social scientists to carry out six integrated and mutually reinforcing strategies:

Proposed WISEST outcomes for STEM women faculty include:  

 

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Women in Science and Engineering System Transformation (WISEST)

The goal of the WISEST Initiative is to increase the number, participation, and leadership status of women — majority and minority — in academic science and engineering through institutional transformation at UIC.