While women in STEM fields have participated in HERS Institutes since the first program in 1976, HERS has recently initiated a new focus on women in STEM with funding from the Henry Luce Foundation. The special grant honors the 25th anniversary of the Clare Boothe Luce (CBL) Program. Part of the funding provides CBL Scholarships for 36 women to attend HERS Institutes, 12 participants each summer 2016-2018. Another key part of the HERS-CBL program is the development of a HERS Women’s Leadership Community for STEM Higher Education.
The goals of the HERS STEM Community are to provide support and encouragement to women in STEM and to develop strategies for advancing a diverse cadre of women into STEM leadership roles. Based on experience with HERS alumnae in STEM fields and research on women’s leadership paths, HERS has identified the importance of women leaders having structured peer and mentor connections at various stages of their careers. Working together, this community of women leaders can thrive and shape a new environment for equality and excellence in STEM higher education.
HERS Luce Program for Women in STEM Leadership
To begin the process of creating a STEM Community, HERS created the HERS Luce Program for Women in STEM during the 2016 Summer Institute offerings. The Program offers the option of being in a STEM cohort while participating in special sessions that are of particular relevance to women in STEM, but open to everyone. All Institute participants are invited to join. In each of the last two summers, between one-third and one-half of the class chose to participate in the HERS Luce Program. Most were faculty in STEM fields, but others were in related fields or in programs supporting STEM faculty and students.
HERS Luce Associates
At each HERS Institute location, a Luce Associate will be in residence to support the Luce Program participants. The Luce Associates are HERS Institute Alumnae from STEM fields.
2016 HERS Luce Associates
- Christine de Denus, Hobart and William Smith Colleges
- Jennifer Manilay, University of California-Merced
2017 HERS Luce Associates
- Nancy Sakaki, University of Denver
- Chavonda Mills, Georgia College & State University
STEM Alumnae Advisory Group
As part of the Luce Program HERS has formed a STEM Advisory Group, comprised of HERS Institutes Alumnae in STEM fields now holding senior leadership positions. The Group supports the development of the STEM curriculum at the Institute, helps with the selection of the CBL Scholarship recipients, and advises on the development of a STEM community. Members also participate in HERS STEM Community events.
Upcoming STEM Community Events
March 24, 2018 – Wheaton Summit for Women in STEM
Wheaton College, Norton, MA
Registration will open on Feb. 7. Click here for more details.
HERS is a Wheaton Summit Sponsor; 2017 HERS CBL Scholarship Recipients and other Luce Program participants will be assisting with Summit activities.
HERS STEM Alumnae are encouraged to join us for this FREE event!