Under this grant, The NAVIGATE Project team developed a skills-based program that uses the case study method to train female graduate students in STEM in the skills necessary to:
The training program encompasses a three-day retreat followed several months later by a one-day workshop, as well as ongoing support through the use of social media tools. At the retreat and follow-up workshop, students engage in a series of carefully crafted case studies that require the participants to analyze and develop practical and strategic responses to the workplace dilemmas presented in the cases. In addition, the students engage with a series of invited guest speakers on a variety of topics related to gender bias, inequity and discrimination in the STEM workplace.
The three-day retreat features invited speakers on topics that pertain to gender bias, inequity and discrimination in STEM fields. Cases studies, designed to grow participants' abilities to overcome gender-related career obstacles, are presented.
The one-day follow-up workshop aims to reinforce the training from the retreat. It features an invited guest speaker and three additional case studies developed to deepen the skills and confidence of the participants.
To promote ongoing engagement and encourage persistence, we supported the training objectives of the program through the use of social media tools, including Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, with an emphasis on encouraging the build-out of peer networks among the training program’s participants.
All of our training materials are publicly and freely available. Teachers, administrators, managers, professional coaches, mentors, workshop leaders, and others interested in using them are encouraged to emulate the fully developed training program as described here, or to pick and choose from among the individual case studies.