WISELI recognized for improving gender diversity in academia

By Natasha Kassulke, UW–Madison

The National Institutes of Health recently announced that the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s Women in Science & Engineering Leadership Institute is one of 10 winners in its inaugural competition recognizing U.S. universities that have demonstrably helped close gender gaps within their biomedical and behavioral sciences departments.

The UW–Madison institute, more commonly known as WISELI, will receive $50,000 and will be honored at an NIH forum in October. Launched in 2002 with funding from the National Science Foundation, WISELI’s goal has been to increase the participation and advancement of women at UW–Madison, particularly in STEMM  (science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine). Today, WISELI views UW–Madison as a “living laboratory” to study gender equity, diversity, and climate; implement evidence-based solutions; and measure success.

The award funding will be used to create new initiatives and expand existing ones, including the Study of Faculty Worklife climate survey and workshops such as Breaking the Bias Habit and Searching for Excellence and Diversity. Read more …