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Culture-Transforming Projects


WEPAN's culture-transforming projects support faculty efforts to create inclusive and engaging classroom environments where diverse communities of students are welcomed and succeed. 


TECAID provides professional development for five U.S. Mechanical Engineering (ME) department leadership teams to create and sustain inclusive cultures that benefit all participants–in classrooms and labs, in student design groups, in faculty meetings and hallway interactions, and in underlying department dynamics. This ground-breaking project provides intensive professional development, expert consultation, and a facilitated virtual learning community. 

National Science Foundation Grant No. EEC-1445076  


EIT is a unique faculty professional development program that helps educators craft inclusive engineering learning environments. EIT’s convenient live and recorded EIT webinars and action check-lists:

• Distill best-practice research findings from social scientists.
• Share practical advice from master engineering educators.
• Provide time-effective resources tailored to engineering faculty.
• Benefit faculty and students.

National Science Foundation Grant No. HRD GSE 1203164



ENGAGE Engineering is an NSF-funded initiative launched in 2009 to increase the capacity of engineering schools to retain undergraduate students by implementing proven, research-based strategies into engineering programs. The resources offered through ENGAGE are enhancements that can be easily integrated into existing courses. Check out the ENGAGE blog here.

National Science Foundation Grant No. HRD ESE 0833076 



The WSKC’s knowledge base makes accessible over 2,000 research and practice annotated and organized resources gathered from more than 350 publications and other sources—all focused on women in STEM. Accessible globally to anyone with internet access, the WSKC is valuable infrastructure for everyone interested in diverse communities of women in STEM: professional practitioners, academic faculty or administrators, students and parents.

Henry Luce Foundation and National Science Foundation HRD GSE 0648210, 1016711.

 WEPAN is launching the ACE Initiative, a multi-year, industry-university initiative to transform the culture of the engineering profession. ACE will:

  • Bring together forward-thinking corporate and university partners who are committed to building inclusive environments along the engineering education-to-workforce pipeline.

  • Develop and implement a model program, with future expansion to more industry-university partners.

  • Select, translate and aggregate proven, research-based, gender equity and inclusion strategies for implementation in company and university settings to shape a culture that retains women engineers.

  • Develop rigorous metrics and assessments, and manage processes for Accelerator Partners to track progress and impact.

  • Develop and implement shared goals; metrics and tracking; mutually beneficial programmatic efforts; and accountability. 

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1/24/2021 » 1/27/2021
CoNECD Conference 2020 (rescheduled to Jan 2021)

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