Gender inequality is real. Women historically have had fewer professional opportunities than their male counterparts, and typically are paid less for doing the same work.
Though it is changing, there is also a historic disparity in the fields women and men pursue, as well as the number of females in corporate leadership positions. At UB, we are taking actions to send cracks across that glass ceiling. Consider STEM—Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Women are underrepresented in these professions—especially in the U.S.—comprising only 25% of the industry, while being paid 20% less, for doing the same jobs.
We’ve made it part of our mission to change that, not only through academics, but also through initiatives to raise awareness and introduce STEM fields to students who may not otherwise consider making it a career choice.
To support our students, our graduates, like Gina Hammond, have created scholarships designed to help women pursue an education in STEM. "Back in the seventies, Computer Science was not the discipline it is today," Hammond said. "Females today who are in this field are, in some respects, rebellious."
Meanwhile we founded the the UB Women in STEM Cooperative in 2013, an interdisciplinary coalition of women volunteers from across UB who pooled their expertise together to benefit other women in STEM. The group’s mission—to bridge the gender gap through cultural inclusion and educational opportunity—is realized through its commitment to empower women in STEM and by offering engaging content, authentic conversation and a supportive community to women students, faculty and professionals in STEM from UB and Western New York.
Shortly after in 2014, we launched our Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) program providing support and extracurricular opportunities for female students in STEM fields with the goal of increasing the recruitment, retention and success of women in the sciences, math and engineering.
In addition, the Navigate Project has yielded valuable resources and insights that benefit the STEM community at large, preparing women to thrive and succeed.
At UB, we're equipping students with the skills, knowledge, and relationships to face potential industry challenges. Women are making gains, and we’ve only just begun doing our part to help balance the scales.
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It’s an issue not enough people are talking about. Students from underrepresented backgrounds don’t have equal access to higher education. Nor do they graduate with the same frequency. We’re amping up efforts at UB to increase diversity and making sure students of all backgrounds have the same ability to achieve and succeed. Our early efforts are showing progress. The class of 2023 is our most diverse yet, and our graduation rates are continuing to rise.
Investments like those form Tilmon Brown and his family have helped move the needle. “Education is a critical door-opener for the future,” he says. “And if our contribution helps these students improve their lives, that’s an obligation we can’t ignore.”
How can we design more equitable cities? What does justice mean in today’s society? How do we ensure that diversity and inclusion are at the forefront of decision-making? At UB we strive to address these (and other) essential questions, instill core values in our students, and create more just communities here in Buffalo—and far beyond. As the world around us rapidly changes, so too does the law. It’s our mission to be the catalyst of that change, and provide access to education regardless of what students look like or where they come from, rooted in a strong foundation of social justice.
That’s the question David Hooper, Class of 2020, asked himself after realizing he was in a negative cycle that began with his father’s death. While he didn’t quite have the answer, he knew one thing: he’d begin to build his new life by earning his bachelor’s degree. For Jim Smist, BS ’80, it was honor his late father, Felix Smist, BS ’65, a non-traditional student who enrolled at UB as a working husband and father and then graduated 16 years later. Watch their stories and learn how one man’s legacy helped shape the lives of many others.
In order for us to get to the next step—the next version of Western New York—we need to develop our next generation of leaders. That’s why Daniel Alexander, MD ‘99, BA ‘95, and Gail Alexander, BS ‘87, decided to give $1 million to the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical sciences. Now, they’re helping underserved and underprivileged students achieve their educational dreams.