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Upcoming EVENTS

CWSEM Bi-Annual Meeting
June 18-19, 2019
Irvine, CA

Women in the Innovation Ecosystem: A Workshop on Women and Entrepreneurship

June 18, 2019
Irvine, CA

Addressing the Underrepresentation of Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine Committee Meeting #4
June 11-12, 2019
Irvine, CA

First Annual Members Meeting for the Action Collaborative on Preventing Sexual Harassment in Higher Education
June 9-10, 2018
Irvine, CA

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Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine
Keck Center
500 5th Street NW
Washington, DC 20001
Tel: 202.334.2389
Fax: 202.334.2290
Email:cwsem@nas.edu 

 


    

The Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine (CWSEM) is a standing committee in the Policy and Global Affairs division of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Its mandate is to coordinate, monitor, and advocate action to increase the participation of women in science, engineering, and medicine. Established in 1990 as CWSE, the committee expanded its scope in 2007 to include medicine.  Learn more about the Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine.
  

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Women in the Innovation Ecosystem:

A Workshop on Women and Entrepreneurship

June 18, 2019
Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center
Irvine, CA

The Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine (CWSEM) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is partnering with the National Academies Presidents’ Initiative on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Science Policy to explore the intersection of diversity and inclusion in the current innovation ecosystem in the United States.  Since entrepreneurship is a crucial enterprise responsible for driving innovation, generating jobs, and launching careers in the scientific sector, policies that promote equity and inclusion are vital to successfully recruiting and retaining women of all races, ethnicities, and sexual or gender orientations.

This scoping workshop will convene a group of experts, with both lived experience and scholarly research perspectives, to discuss the current state of entrepreneurial diversity, the gender investment gap, the challenges women face in navigating the innovation ecosystem, and promising practices for supporting women in their entrepreneurial pursuits. It is our hope that this project will be the starting point for future
discussions that CWSEM can lead on this topic.  

 

Launch of Action Collaborative on Preventing Sexual Harassment in Higher Education

April 10, 2019
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
Washington, D.C.

The 2018 National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine report on Sexual Harassment of Women concludes that system-wide changes to the culture and climate in higher education are needed to prevent and address sexual harassment, and provides a roadmap for institutions of higher education to make these changes. To advance these efforts, the National Academies have joined with over 40 colleges, universities, and research institutions to launch an Action Collaborative on Preventing Sexual Harassment in Higher Education. The purpose of the action collaborative is to bring together leaders from academic institutions and key stakeholders to work toward targeted, collective action on addressing and preventing sexual harassment across all disciplines and among all people in higher education. The action collaborative creates an active space where colleges, universities, and other research and training institutions will identify, research, develop, and implement efforts that move beyond basic legal compliance to evidence-based policies and practices for addressing and preventing all forms of sexual harassment and promoting a campus climate of civility and respect.

 

Symposium Highlighting Evidence-Based Interventions for Addressing the Underrepresentation on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine

March 11, 2019
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
Washington, D.C.

The scientific, engineering, and medical communities have been working towards improved representation of women in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine (STEMM) for decades. While progress has been made, women (particularly women of color) remain underrepresented in many scientific, engineering, and medical fields, and at many levels in education and career stages. This symposium will seek to understand institutional barriers to implementing practices for improving the representation of women in STEMM, so that those barriers can be removed or overcome. This event will re-visit the major themes of the 2007 National Academies report, Beyond Bias and Barriers, and will examine policies, practices, and strategies that have demonstrated effectiveness in opening doors to women’s participation and success in STEMM fields.


Launch of New Consensus Study:
Addressing the Underrepresentation of Women in STEM

With support from the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health, CWSEM has launched a new project focused on identifying concrete, evidence-based, actionable, recommendations to address the discipline-specific challenges faced by women in science and engineering. The study will involve a comparative examination of the barriers to women’s recruitment, retention, and advancement in seven disciplines—biology, mathematics, physics, engineering, computer science, medicine, and chemistry—and, importantly, will focus on identifying evidence-based practices that have “moved the needle” on improving women’s participation and advancement in these fields. Importantly, this study will not put the onus on women, but instead will focus on helping institutions understand how to remove the barriers that exist because of outmoded institutional structures. The study will also place a strong emphasis on the intersection of race and gender by considering the accumulated research on specific barriers faced by women of color in STEM in addition to the research on policies and practices that have had an impact on their representation.


Sexual Harassment ReportReport Released:
Sexual Harassment of Women: Climate, Culture, and Consequences in Academic Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine


Sexual Harassment of Women explores the influence of sexual harassment in academia on the career advancement of women in the scientific, technical, and medical workforce. This report reviews the research on the extent to which women in the fields of science, engineering, and medicine are victimized by sexual harassment and examines the existing information on the extent to which sexual harassment in academia negatively impacts the recruitment, retention, and advancement of women pursuing scientific, engineering, technical, and medical careers. It also identifies and analyzes the policies, strategies and practices that have been the most successful in preventing and addressing sexual harassment in these settings. Learn more about the study...

Report Discussion
Sexual Harassment of Women: Climate, Culture, and Consequences in Academic Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
June 26, 2018
Irvine, CA

How can academic institutions and other industries improve in the #MeToo era? Join the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine on June 26th for discussion with leaders in higher education and those in entertainment, technology, medicine, and politics, about what actions can be taken to prevent sexual harassment. The discussion will revolve around a new report by the National Academies that presents a comprehensive review of the research, experiences, and effects of sexual harassment on women and their careers in science, engineering, and medicine. In addition to evidence-based findings, the report provides recommendations for how organizations can prevent and address sexual harassment in academic settings, specifically in science, engineering, and medicine.


PAST EVENTS


 

Addressing the Underrepresentation of Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine Committee Meeting #3
March 21-22, 2019
Washington, DC

Action Collaborative on Preventing Sexual Harassment in Higher Education Planning Meeting with Founding Members
March 12, 2019
Washington, DC

Symposium Highlighting the Evidence-Based Interventions for Addressing the Underrepresentation of Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine
March 11, 2019
Washington, DC

Addressing the Underrepresentation of Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine Committee Meeting #2
February 20-21, 2019
Washington, DC

Addressing the Underrepresentation of Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine Committee Meeting #1
December 17-18, 2018
Washington, DC

Together We Can Do Better: A Convening of Leader in Academia to Prevent Sexual Harassment
Sexual Harassment of Women: Climate, Culture, and Consequences in Academic Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
November 9, 2018
Washington, DC

Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine Celebrating Women in Science and Recognizing L’ORÉAL USA for Women in Science Fellows
October 24, 2018
Washington, DC



Report Discussion
Sexual Harassment of Women: Climate, Culture, and Consequences in Academic Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
June 26, 2018
Irvine, CA

Sexual Harassment Report Release

June 12, 2018
Washington, DC

International Pathways for Women in STEM

March 26, 2018
Washington, DC

A Celebration of Black Men in STEM: What is your Narrative?
February 23, 2018
Washington, DC

Workshop on Women of Color in STEM
November 10, 2017
Washington, DC

More past events...

Sponsors and supporters of CWSEM projects and activities include

  • Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
  • Burroughs Wellcome Fund
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • National Institutes of Health
  • National Institute of Standards and Technology
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • National Science Foundation
  • Henry Luce Foundation
  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute
  • L’Oréal Corporation

 

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