In addition to WiSE programs, there are a number of other resources and activities at the University at Buffalo that help build a supportive and inclusive environment for women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.
The UB Women in STEM Cooperative (WISC) is committed to empowering women in STEM by offering engaging content, authentic conversation, and a supportive community to women students, faculty and professionals in STEM from UB and Western New York.
All students, faculty, professionals and guests of UB, regardless of gender, are invited to join WISC. The program was established in 2013 by an interdisciplinary coalition of women volunteers from across the University at Buffalo who pooled resources together to benefit other women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
The NAVIGATE Project is a free training program funded by the National Science Foundation that aims to help UB STEM women graduate students by:
The goal of the UB STEMinism group is to provide a safe and supportive space for women of color in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields to address concerns related to identity, psychosocial stressors, school-work-life balance and other factors, that may impact their academic functioning in undesirable ways.
Created in conjunction with UB Counseling Services, the STEMinism group features:
STEMinism is scheduled on a bi-weekly basis throughout the semester and in addition to the psychoeducation and peer support, provides opportunities for participants to engage in social activities, professional development, mentoring workshops, seminars and other activities that connect women of color in STEM.
Although women are well-represented in academic programs, data indicates that few women are graduating with computer science degrees and entering technology-driven fields. This lack of diversity in computer science can affect academic environments and work cultures negatively. It is vital that the gender gap be addressed in computer science and STEM overall. HP has provided some great resources to help close this gap.