Douglass Residential College, the women’s college at Rutgers University-New Brunswick, will host the Big Ten Academic Alliance Summit Series on Advancing Women in STEM from June 6 to June 8 at the Kathleen W. Ludwig Global Village Living Learning Center.
The series is designed to increase the number of women undergraduate and graduate students and faculty in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. It brings together leaders from Big Ten Academic Alliance universities to create best practices that can be shared by alliance members.
“Addressing the gap between what our nation’s STEM workforce needs and the pool of available talent can only be solved by expanding the numbers of women entering into and staying in STEM fields, particularly by growing the numbers of women of color,” Jacquelyn Litt, dean of Douglass Residential College, said. “The STEM series advances new solutions in closing the racial gap in STEM by creating forward-looking initiatives to recruit and retain women in technology and science.
“At the same time, the goal is to improve equity for all women in these fields who can fulfill their dreams and make tremendous contributions to the landscape of science and technology for the future,” she added.
The first summit’s undergraduate activities include formal talks by national experts on diversifying the STEM talent pool, cross-institution working group sessions, networking, reflections of undergraduate students on their pathway and discussion of best practices at each participating school.
The summit features national leaders in STEM and gender diversity, such as Kelly Mack, vice president for undergraduate STEM education and executive director of Project Kaleidoscope; Linda Suskie, former vice president at the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and an expert workshop facilitator on assessment and accreditation; and Talitha Washington, a tenured associate professor of mathematics at Howard University; Debra Joy Perez, senior vice president for organization culture, inclusion and equity at Simmons University; and Vicki Magley, professor of psychological sciences at the University of Connecticut.