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Rachelle DeCoste MAS2019


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Presentation for the 2019 Massachusetts Sustainable Communities and Campuses Conference on March 29, 2019 in Cambridge, MA

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Rachelle DeCoste MAS2019

  1. 1. Strong Women, Strong Girls Rachelle DeCoste Wheaton College Mathematics Professor Kristi Marsh Savvy Women’s Alliance and Choose Wiser Founder
  2. 2. Rachelle DeCoste, Math & Laura Ekstrom, Biology Wheaton Women in STEM
  3. 3. Degrees awarded to Women 1997, 2006, 2016 Social Sciences Engineering NSF 19-304 |
  4. 4. Degrees awarded to Women 1997, 2006, 2016 Math and Statistics Computer Science NSF 19-304 |
  5. 5. The facts ● Women earn half of all of the STEM Bachelor’s degrees, but represent only 24% of the professionals in all STEM fields ● Greater disparity among women of color: only 11% of Bachelor’s degrees in STEM - NSF 2015, 2016 ● Nearly half of US female scientists leave full-time science after first child – Nature, February 19, 2019 ● “I'd say that many women I have seen want to be able to see themselves advancing but looking at the top it's very hard to picture themselves there because they don't see a good role model.” Sivan Aldor-Noiman, Director of Data Science for the Data Science, Center of Excellence, The Climate Corporation
  6. 6. Diversity in STEM: the larger picture
  7. 7. Why the Wheaton Summit for Women in STEM? • Wheaton has been a leader in women’s education • Institutionalize our work mentoring women and underrepresented minorities • Provide role models to our students beyond the faculty • Establish Wheaton as a leader among peers and as a hub for work engaging and connecting women in STEM
  8. 8. Why us? Belong. Connect. Create. Pass it on. Rachelle DeCoste, Associate Professor, Mathematics ● Enhancing Diversity in Grad Education (EDGE) Bridge program ○ Participant 1998, Grad Mentor 2002, Instructor 2015 ● Career Mentoring Workshop ○ Founder and Director 2007 - 2018 ● MAA/Tensor Grants for Women and Girls in Math ○ Director 2017 - present Laura Ekstrom, Assistant Professor, Biology ● Promoting Women in Science (PROWiS), Wilfrid Laurier University ■ Participant 1996 ● NSF Program for Underrepresented Minority Research, Florida Atlantic Univ. ■ Co-Founder 2007 ● Bioengineering for Girls, EXPLO ■ Founding Professor in Residence, 2018-present
  9. 9. Inaugural Summit for Women in STEM, 2017 ● Denise Sekaquaptewa, Psych, Michigan ● Karen Frey, Geosciences, Clark Univ ● Ivana Magovcevic-Liebisch, ‘89, Teva ● Suzanne Weekes, Math, WPI ● Catherine Roberts, Math, AMS ● Amy Mainzer, Astronomy, NASA & PBS ● The Rhoads, Raytheon, Siemans ● Connie Chow, The Exploratory ● Cynthia Wigren, Atlantic White Shark Conservancy ● Many more…
  10. 10. Wheaton Summit for Women in STEM Undergraduate Research Talks
  11. 11. Wheaton Summit for Women in STEM Networking Lunch/Coffee and Casual Interactions
  12. 12. 2018 Wheaton Summit for Women in STEM ● Tricia Serio, Biology, UMass ● Kathy Aidala, Physics, Mt. Holyoke ● Suzanne Koven, MD MGH/Harvard ● Shamika Rucker, Engineer, Draper ● Kymberlee Dwinell, ‘76, Northrup Grumman ● Judith White, HERS
  13. 13. Wheaton Woman in STEM Award The Wheaton Woman in STEM award was established to honor an outstanding woman in a STEM field. In addition to innovative scholarly research recognized by her peers, this woman is committed to creating a diverse STEM community. She does so through her professional engagement and her personal ethos. The awardee inspires and supports others across STEM disciplines. Daniela Rus MIT Media Lab Jennifer Tour Chayes Microsoft Research NE
  14. 14. Data on Summit Participants 2017: over 20 different institutions ● Wheaton, Bennington, UConn, QCC, Harvard, Middlebury, Stonehill, UMass Dartmouth, Gordon, City College of NY, Mass Bay, Simmons, MCPHS Univ, Westfield State, BU, UConn, Univ of New Haven, Eastern Conn State Univ, URI, WPI, Framingham State, Clark ● Raytheon, Alynylam, Novartis, UTC Aerospace, Neograft, the Exploratory, Teva, Autodesk, Siemens, American Math Society, Atlantic White Shark Conservancy 2018: Over 48 different institutions ● Wheaton, Bennington, Brown, UConn, QCC, Harvard, Stonehill, UMass Dartmouth, Salem State, Simmons, Smith, MCPHS Univ, Westfield State, BU, UConn, Wellesley, Mount Holyoke, Westfield State, WPI, Curry, Eastern Connecticut State University, Bridgewater State University ● Alynylam, Novartis,, Draper, EXPLO, Johnson&Johnson,Tufts Health Plan, Northrop Grumman
  15. 15. Summit Data
  16. 16. Summit for Women in STEM: Testimonials The Summit was one of the most engaging event I have ever been to. It was inspirational, encouraging, and absolutely amazing. It was wonderful being surrounded with successful and incredible women who were not afraid to share about their failures and what they did to overcome them. The summit left me feeling like I was capable of achieving so much more! Claudine Humure, Wheaton, ‘17 The Women in STEM summit was amazing. I gained confidence, which I lacked. I thought I needed to be perfect, a geek or a nerd to be in STEM. I realized, that it is all part of the stereotypical society and modern generation. The panel of women were amazing... I would attend over and over again as long as I'm available. Gloria Effah, Quinsigamond Comm College The Summit for Women in STEM was incredibly empowering. By seeing and hearing from successful women in the STEM fields, I can now better visualize myself reaching my own career goals. Anna French, Wheaton College, ’18
  17. 17. Sponsors
  18. 18. The Wheaton College Summit for Women in STEM April 6, 2019 Belong. Connect. Create. Pass it on. Dr. Sue Windham-Bannister, AWIS Dr. Paula Johnson, MD, Wellesley College
  19. 19. Thank you!