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WEPAN Newsletter April 2024

April 30, 2024

Announcing Keynote Speakers for the ADVANCE EiSCC

We are excited to announce our keynote speakers for the 2024 ADVANCE EiSCC! Taking place in Baltimore, Maryland from June 2-5, the ADVANCE EiSCC at the Hilton Inner Harbor will bring change agents together to drive systemic change in STEM.

For the keynote dinner on Tuesday, June 4th, 6-8 pm, our speakers are:

  • Jessica Hernandez, an Indigenous scholar and author of the award-winning book Fresh Banana Leaves: Healing Indigenous Landscapes through Indigenous Science
  • Lydia Jennings, an Indigenous soil scientist, science communicator, and runner
  • Chelsey Juarez, a forensic anthropologist and community advocate

For the closing keynote on Wednesday, June 5th, 1:15-2:30 pm, our speaker is:

  • Autumn Asher BlackDeer, a queer anti-colonial Indigenous scholar-activist

If you have not yet registered for the 2024 ADVANCE EiSCC, you can do so at:

The complimentary annual conference registrations that are a part of institutional memberships will be applied to this conference. Additionally, all WEPAN members receive a $150 discount off the general registration price.

Please note that the registration price will increase on May 1, so make sure to register if you have not yet done so!


ADVANCE EiSCC Virtual Ticket

Can't make it to Baltimore for the ADVANCE EiSCC? There is also a virtual ticket option for $50. Virtual attendees will have access to the live streamed plenary sessions through the WEPAN Events App. Virtual attendees have event app access for networking, viewing presenter materials, and using other features.

Register at


ASEE KnowlEDGE Initiative: Increase P&T Equity in Your Department

Are you a faculty member seeking to increase equity and transparency in promotion and tenure (P&T) within your department and institution?

Apply now for Cohort II of ASEE's KnowlEDGE Initiative, an NSF-funded program with the goal of aligning engineering systems of accreditation, professional societies, and academic colleges and departments, to ensure the inclusive and equitable success of diverse women engineers.

This program will provide funding and programming to support a select number of Change Teams in their P&T equity and transparency. Each team will be awarded $20,000 ($10,000 per year for two years), to support self-study, evaluation by a third-party site visit team, and action plan development and implementation.

The application deadline is Friday, May 17, 2024 at 11:59 PM, ET.

Apply at:

Permanent Program Director Position

The Division of Research on Learning, within the Directorate for STEM Education at the National Science Foundation, is seeking a Permanent Program Director with expertise in quantitative research methodology. The Program Director will help to establish relevant research agendas that enhance current teaching and learning and catalyze new, more equitable, creative, and potentially transformative approaches in STEM education research.

The position announcement is available here:

REU STEM Research for Social Change

Do you want to use your skills and talents as an emerging STEM professional to help make the world a more just and equitable place?  If so, we invite you to apply to the National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates STEM Research for Social Change program. This program is a collaborative effort among the University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio, Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio, and St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas.

This ten-week program will give you a chance to explore and gain knowledge in engineering, chemistry and physics research through participation in cutting edge, faculty mentored research that has a meaningful and positive impact on society and that promotes social change for equitable communities as defined by the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs). Additionally, you will participate in professional development, professional and peer networking, and social activities designed to help you succeed in your future career.

Learn more and apply at:

WEPAN Listserv

Do you have something to tell the WEPAN community? Remember that subscription to the WEPAN-L listserv is a member benefit! Share announcements, post publication opportunities, and collaborate with colleagues from different institutions and organizations on special projects.

To subscribe to the WEPAN-L listserv, visit:


Publications, reports, or communications relevant to women in engineering and STEM equity. All resources listed below are available in the ARC Network online resource library. If you need help accessing the library, please contact ARC Librarian Bethany Farmer at  

  • "Changing the Conversation: Messages for Improving Public Understanding of Engineering" by the NAE

"Can the United States continue to lead the world in innovation? The answer may hinge in part on how well the public understands engineering, a key component of the 'innovation engine'. A related concern is how to encourage young people--particularly girls and under-represented minorities--to consider engineering as a career option. Changing the Conversation provides actionable strategies and market-tested messages for presenting a richer, more positive image of engineering. This book presents and discusses in detail market research about what the public finds most appealing about engineering--as well as what turns the public off."

ARC Network

Funded by the National Science Foundation ADVANCE Program, Awards HRD-2121468 and HRD-1740860, the ADVANCE Resource and Coordination (ARC) Network seeks to achieve gender equity for faculty in higher education science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. WEPAN serves as the backbone organization of the ARC Network.

Read and Give Feedback on the Latest ARC Emerging Research Workshop Reports

The two newest reports from the ARC Network's Emerging Research Workshops have been released. The reports, "Using Big Data and Algorithms to Foster Equity in STEM" and "Cultivating Equity In STEM Through Inclusive Language," cover research and promising practices on each of the topics and suggest new directions for future work. We invite the community to share their expertise on the topics. To read the reports and share your input visit

Institutional WEPAN Membership

Want to encourage your institution to deepen its commitment to equity and excellence?

Consider becoming a 30 for 30 Institutional Champion Member. At this membership level, institutions have unlimited member representatives who get to dive into critical diversity, equity, and inclusion issues through custom workshops. These members also get the opportunity to strengthen their inclusive leadership capacity as part of the Equity and Excellence Council. Additional 30 for 30 Institutional Champion member benefits include:

  • Professional Development
  • Decades of resources in the WEPAN Knowledge Center
  • Professional development webinars, including one featuring an invited speaker from your institution
  • Free and discounted workshops, including one customized for your institution
  • Free and discounted access to WEPAN’s Program Days
  • Three annual convening registrations
  • Communication & Networking
  • WEPAN-L listserv
  • Slack
  • WEPAN member directory
  • Social media spotlights of your institution
  • Workforce
  • Free and discounted job postings for your institution in WEPAN’s Career Center

For more information on how to become a 30 for 30 Institutional Member, please email

WEPAN Slack Channel

Please join us on Slack to drive that connectivity across our membership during a critical time for connection. Join our Slack community today!

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