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


Linda Siebert Rapoport, WISEST Director

In this role, Linda focuses on STEM (Science, Technology ,Engineering and
Mathematics) faculty and oversees six strategies to: transform the UIC
culture, pilot initiatives to attract and retain women faculty, transform
STEM departments to foster diversity and women's leadership, promote
scholarship and teaching, improve the ability to track and report on gender
equity, and advocate and collaborate across UIC and nationally to increase
the presence and influence of STEM women in the sciences and engineering.

Prior to joining UIC in early 2007, Linda founded and directed the University of Kentucky's Office of Work-Life which is now recognized as a leader in academy culture transformation. As a specialist in organizational change strategy and branding, academy and corporate workplace transformation, worklife, diversity, and corporate human resources, Linda was the First Vice President/Head of Bank One's Work-Life and Diversity corporate area for 74,000 employees nationwide. Under Linda's guidance, Bank One was recognized for nine years as one of the nation's "100 Best Places to Work". Prior to Bank One, Linda founded the worklife strategy for Citibank NA in the Midwest region. Linda holds a Master's degree from the University of Chicago and two post graduate diplomas in structural/strategic family systems. Linda is an appointed member of the Conference Board's WorkLife Leadership Council, a group of Fortune 100 worklife and organizational change trailblazers.

Manorama Mocherla Khare, Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator

Dr. Khare is a Senior Research Specialist at the Center for Research on Women and Gender at UIC. As the Monitoring and Evaluation coordinator for WISEST, Dr. Khare is responsible for developing and implementing the internal evaluation for the program. Dr. Khare has been working with UIC’s WISEST program since it was awarded in 2006. Prior to the NSF ADVANCE grant at UIC, Dr. Khare developed and implemented a Work Climate Survey for UIC faculty in the Colleges of Engineering and Liberal Arts & Sciences. Currently, she is also the lead evaluator for a three year DHHS funded chronic disease prevention program being implemented in the seven southernmost rural counties of Illinois. She was the lead evaluator for a CDC funded state-wide cardiovascular disease risk prevention program for women. In this role she was responsible for the design and implementation of the evaluation for a 5 year multi-site randomized trial.

She has over 10 years experience in research related to underserved populations, women’s health and diversity in higher education.  Her technical expertise includes program evaluation, planning and implementation of community-based programs, quantitative and qualitative research methods, quasi experimental research designs, survey development and multivariate data analysis. In addition to her professional responsibilities, Dr. Khare serves on UIC’s Academic Professionals Advisory Committee Survey Group where she provided technical consultation in the development of a survey to determine the needs of academic professionals at UIC.  She has also been invited to participate in the Staff Diversity Subcommittee which is a part of the UIC Diversity Strategic Thinking and Planning, a university wide effort initiated by the Provost.

Dr. Khare has a doctoral degree in Public Health from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Masters degree in Preventive Medicine from The Ohio State University.  She also has a Masters degree in Community Nutrition from Mumbai, India. She has been the lead evaluator for grants funded by federal agencies including the CDC, DHHS, SAMHSA & NSF. 

Jessica Bushar, Graduate  Assistant

Juliana Gjanci, Graduate Assistant

Yue Yu, Graduate Assistant

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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.