Come and explore the connections between Gender Research, WIE Programs, Faculty and Corporate Partners to "Get to the Heart of it All": Connecting Gender Research, WIE Programs, Faculty & Corporate Partners



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Women in Engineering ProActive Network (WEPAN) is pleased to announce its 23rd Annual Conference to be held in Columbus, Ohio from June 25 - 27, 2012. A robust body of research on gender and traditionally under-represented minority groups in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) underpins and ties together many initiatives to advance the prominence of women engineering faculty, students and the workforce. Getting to the Heart of it All will explore how research and related programs span the boundaries of these four audiences: Gender Research, WIE Programs, Faculty and Corporate Partners. How do successes for one audience translate to and return benefits for other groups? How might the synergies be expanded going forward?

Conference Themes 

Themes include but are not limited to:

Theme 1: Women in Engineering Program Contributions: How can the research and programs embedded in Women in Engineering initiatives be activated to benefit other activities such as faculty research on related topics, broader impacts on search committees, links to the K-12 community, academic and workplace climate improvement, and/or recruitment, retention and advancement of diverse communities of women in STEM-corporate, faculty, staff, and students.

Theme 2: Results and New Ideas from the ADVANCE Community: How can the research-based policies and best practices embedded in ADVANCE initiatives be activated on behalf of other groups underrepresented in STEM? Are there synergistic and parallel policies, initiatives, or actions that would benefit programs that serve diverse communities of women and their underrepresented male counterparts? How are ADVANCE initiatives similar to corporate policies that influence retention of women in engineering?

Theme 3: Corporate Policy, Practice and Influence: How can corporations committed to gender diversity in engineering interact with engineering schools to: build persistent campus relationships that lead to exceptional hires, and exercise leadership that increases retention of female students and faculty? How do/could corporate affinity groups leverage the base of research on gender and underrepresentation?

Theme 4: Building the Feedback Loop from Practice to Research: How can the research community, women in engineering programs, ADVANCE institutions, and the corporate community interact to achieve greater benefit from gender research efforts and contribute to the research agenda?