The Women in STEM Student Council (WiSSC) is a student-directed council that supports the recruitment, retention, and graduation of female-identifying students pursuing degrees in STEM at the University of Arizona (UA). WiSSC serves as a network for the many existing “Women in STEM” graduate/undergraduate student groups and STEM departments and develops university-wide, coordinated programs. WiSSC also works with university administration at several levels to set university-wide priorities, identify areas of need, and inform policy to foster a diverse and inclusive STEM environment at UA that truly represents the demographics of the state of Arizona. This initiative is the largest institutionalized university effort directed at supporting the entry and success of women in STEM fields in the United States. This makes UA a leader in creating the kind of diverse and inclusive STEM communities that are necessary for grappling with the pressing challenges of the 21st century.
This initiative is funded by the UA Office of the Provost and housed in the Women in Science and Engineering Program and Southwest Institute for Research on Women.
Both events will be held at the University of Arizona, and are being co-hosted by WiSSC, Women in Optics (WIO) and Women in Science and Engineering (WISE).
RSVP for the WiSSC Community Meeting on March 26 here!
2019 Board Initiatives and Programs
WiSSC programming and events are decided on by members of the Executive Board in consulation with faculty and staff advisors and students from across campus. Based on input gathered at public meetings held in the spring and fall of 2018, we anticipate launching the following programs and events during 2019.
Full-day professional development workshop and research symposium
One-on-one mentorship program linking UA students to faculty/staff, alumni, and industry professionals
Professional development series for undergraduate and graduate students
Social events to build networks and community across campus
Welcome event for incoming women in STEM in fall 2019