The Network of Leaders Building Inclusive Cultures in Engineering
WEPAN is the leading champion in North America for leveraging research and best practices to propel the inclusion of women in the field of engineering. WEPAN’s network connects advocates who actively pursue strategies and implement solutions to increase participation, retention and success of women and other under-represented groups in engineering from college to executive leadership.
Demand for Innovation Drives WEPAN
WEPAN is driven by the conviction that engineering must fully embrace diversity and inclusion to meet the demands of today’s innovation and performance-driven business culture. Creating academic and workplace cultures for students, employees, and faculty that promote inclusion and diversity in engineering higher education is critical. Everyone can contribute to building cultures that value diversity by working together with WEPAN’s committed network of well-informed leaders and advocates.
The value of diversity in engineering teaching, research, innovation and the workplace is clear:
“People from different backgrounds have varying ways of looking at problems, what I call ‘tools.’ The sum of these tools is far more powerful in organizations with diversity than in ones where everyone has gone to the same schools, been trained in the same mold and thinks in almost identical ways.”
“Progress depends as much on our collective differences as it does on our individual IQ scores.”
― Scott E. Page,The Difference: How the Power of Diversity Creates Better Groups, Firms, Schools, and Societies
Let's Jump Start this System
Women are underrepresented in engineering. Although women make up 57% of engineering ready high school graduates in the U.S.1 and fields such as biological and agricultural sciences, social sciences and psychology graduate equal number of women and men2, the percentage of engineering bachelor’s degrees awarded to women in 2013 was 19.1%. The percentage has remained at or below 20% for more than 10 years. Women made up 14.5% of the engineering faculty in 2013, representing steady, but slow growth over the last decade.
Everyone can take immediate action to build inclusion and encourage the full participation of diverse communities of women and their male counterparts in engineering. Even small changes make a difference.
WEPAN is fueled by a network of leaders, advocates and supporters from nearly 200 universities, colleges, community colleges, government agencies, Fortune 500 companies, small businesses and non-profit organizations. Over 900 individuals make up the WEPAN network – they know that working together results in more impactful and systemic change than isolated efforts.
WEPAN’s network enables its partners to:
How WEPAN Improves the Engineering Pathway
WEPAN mobilizes research in gender, diversity and inclusion to expand recruitment and success of women in engineering. WEPAN promotes gender inclusion in the engineering higher education-to-workplace system through practical, targeted initiatives like these to accomplish sustainable, systems-level improvement:
1 Commission for Professionals in Science and Technology (CPST)