On Friday, February 8, 2019, The Lancet, a weekly, peer-reviewed general medical journal, one of the oldest and best known, is publishing a special theme issue on women in science, medicine, and global health. To commemorate its publication, WISE Ventures and the Office of Faculty Development and Diversity in the School of Medicine Dean's Office at Stanford are hosting this WISE Research Roundtable with Dr. Sue V. Rosser.
Nearly two decades ago, recognizing that the passing of time alone was not enabling the participation of women that historical exclusion had limited, both the UK and the US launched national initiatives to advance gender equity in STEM in academic institutions.
The establishment and success of the U.K. Athena project ‘Scientific Women’s Academic Network’ (SWAN) web-based resource in the early 2000s led to the formal creation of the Athena SWAN Charter to address the unequal representation of women, and to encourage and recognize commitment to advancing the careers of women in STEM employment in higher education and research.
In the U.S., the National Science Foundation (NSF)’s ADVANCE program began in 2001 with a long term goal of producing a successful and diverse STEM academic workforce. ADVANCE aims to encourage institutions to experiment with structural changes to support gender equity for faculty in sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), using research-based practices to enhance cultures more supportive of a diverse academic workforce.
While value has been gained, and much has been learned from these major national initiatives, evaluating them in terms of overall impact has proven challenging for many reasons. This talk will discuss these programs, their known outcomes, and implications of what has been learned that can inform future initiatives. Among other needs is the importance of expanding the focus on equity in cultures and climates beyond gender to look at intersectionalities such as sexualities, gender identities, race, ethnicity, abilities, socioeconomic/class status, and age that influence gendered experiences in STEM.
Sue Rosser is Special Advisor for Research Development and External Partnerships for the California State University System and Special Advisor to the President of San Francisco State University, where she previously served as Provost. Her prior academic leadership appointments included serving as the Ivan Allen Dean of Liberal Arts and Technology at Georgia Institute of Technology, as Director of the Center for Women’s Studies and Gender Research at the University of Florida, and as Senior Program Officer for Women’s Programs at the National Science Foundation (NSF). She has authored 14 books and more than 130 journal articles on theoretical and applied aspects of the intersections of women, science, health and technology. Her most recent books are Academic Women in STEM Faculty (2017) and Breaking into the Lab: Engineering Progress for Women in Science (2012). She is the recipient of a number of NSF grants, including serving as co-PI on an Institutional Transformation ADVANCE grant, as PI on InTEL: Interactive Toolkit for Engineering Learning, Bridge to the Future for GIs, and PI on a current IT Catalyst ADVANCE grant. She was a Fellow at Stanford’s Clayman Institute for Gender Research 2007-2008, and served on the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Executive Board 2010-2014. Rosser earned B.A., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Zoology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
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