Two weeks ago, I had the pleasure of co-organizing and co-leading the “Women in STEM” forum for the Latin and Caribbean Consortium of Engineering Institutions (LACCEI) in Mexico. This forum was the part of a continuing conversation between LACCEI and the Organization of American States. My colleague, Dr. Beatriz Zayas from UMET and the NSF ADVANCE Hispanic Women in STEM project was also part of the program. Here is the link to the forum: http://www.laccei.org/index.php/events/cancun-2013-conference/forum-on-women-in-stem
Our team from UMBC also participated in the development of the Student Leadership Forum to share some of the best practices of PROMISE: Maryland’s AGEP. We shared the floor with World SPEED, and Tau Beta Pi: http://www.laccei.org/index.php/events/cancun-2013-conference/fleei-2013
ABSTRACT for “Forum on Women in STEM:” This year, we will offer a session to discuss Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). The 2013 LACCEI session on “Women in STEM” will feature a report on STEM women faculty in Puerto Rico from the U.S. National Science Foundation’s ADVANCE Hispanic Women in STEM project as an exemplar of a professional network. We are interested in hearing about other initiatives for women that exist throughout Latin America and the Caribbean and will examine opportunities to build more connections within the LACCEI community. Suggestions from this workshop will be compiled into a report for LACCEI that will be available in the online proceedings to inform the community about initiatives that support current and future women STEM professionals. All are invited to this session, which is designed to engage women at all levels (students, postdocs, professors, and professionals), and from all backgrounds and countries, in a conversation on career choices, life/work balance, and the impact of family and traditions on advancement decisions.
The program agenda can be found here: Women in STEM – Program Agenda FINAL
Results from the discussions in Mexico will be presented in Cartagena, Colombia for the World Engineering Education Forum (WEEF), on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013, at 10:30 AM. http://weef2013.co/en/program/
I was part of 4 presentations at this conference. One for students, two for women in STEM, and one for an emerging engineering education intervention (a collaboration with colleagues from the Quality of Life Technology Center (QoLT), an NSF Engineering Research Center for Carnegie Mellon and the University of Pittsburgh.)
Between presentations, I had a chance to watch the water with my students, past and present. This was that moment: