Women of Color Summit

Started in 2021, the WIEP and WOCS are manifestations of WEPAN’s commitment to support practitioners of Women in Engineering (WIE) and synonymous programs (WiSE, MEP, etc.) and prioritizing Women of Color in engineering and STEM more broadly.

Group photo of participants at the Emerging Research Workshop.

About WOCS

The Women of Color Summit (WOCS) recognizes that, while critical to STEM fields, Women of Color are often underserved, under-resourced, and undervalued in their respective fields.

The WOCS continues to raise awareness of both the common and the unique experiences of Women of Color as they navigate STEM careers while emphasizing the need to disaggregate WoC identities in order to develop effective practices.

The WOCS brings together Women of Color in STEM with individuals and organizations who authentically support WoC in thriving and advancing in their chosen fields.

The 3rd Annual WEPAN Women of Color Summit is sponsored by the National Science Foundation's Technology, Innovation and Partnerships and Translational Impacts (TIP/TI) Directorate.

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Women of Color Summit Agenda

Wednesday, November 15, 2023 - 11a-4p


Keynote Session: Erika Tatiana Camacho


Panel Session: "End Avoidance: Taking on Change for Neurodivergent and Disabled Women of Color"


Coffee/Networking Break

1:30 - 2:20p

Presentation Session: "Why Does the Proportion of Women SHRINK and the Proportion of Minoritized Women DISAPPEAR as the Power Increases in STEM" -
Eva Thanheiser, PhD, Portland State University
Gina Graco, PhD, Portland State University


Workshop Session: "The Role of Cultural Add in Attracting and Retaining Women of Color"
Shani Dellimore Barrax, Aurora Change Agency, LLC

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Keynote Speaker

Erika Tatiana Camacho, PhD

Endowed Distinguished Professor, Department of Mathematics and Department of Neuroscience Developmental & Regenerative Biology, University of Texas at San Antonio; Fulbright Research Scholar, Sorbonne Université

Dr. Erika Tatiana Camacho is the inaugural holder of the Manuel P. Berriozábal, Ph.D. and María Antonietta Berriozábal Endowed Chair at the University of Texas at San Antonio, as well as a professor in the mathematics and neuroscience, developmental and regenerative biology departments. She previously served as a professor in the School of Mathematical & Statistical Sciences at Arizona State University (ASU) and a Fulbright Research Scholar at the Institut de la Vision (IDV)- Institut national de la santé et de la recherche médicale (Inserm) and Sorbonne Université in Paris.

In 2022 she ended three impressive years of work at the National Science Foundation (NSF) as Program Director of the ADVANCE, the Racial Equity in STEM Education, and Hispanic- Serving Institutions (HSI) Programs as well as co-Lead of the HSI Program. In her role of co-Lead, Camacho revamped and expanded the NSF HSI Program to create robust funding mechanisms that speak to and reflect the heterogenous HSI landscape. She received a Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring in 2014 for research with and mentoring of undergraduates.

Group photo of participants at the Emerging Research Workshop.

WOCS On-Demand

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WOCS 2022 Agenda

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WOCS 2021 Agenda

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