STEM Community

STEM Community

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

To begin the process of creating a STEM Community, HERS created the HERS Luce Program during the 2016 Summer Institutes. The Program offers the option of being in a STEM cohort while participating in special sessions that were of particular relevance to women in STEM but open to everyone. All Institute participants were invited to join. At both 2016 Summer Institutes, one-third of the class participated in the HERS Luce Program. Most were faculty in STEM fields but others were in related fields or programs supporting STEM faculty and students.

HERS Luce Associates

At each Summer Institute, a Luce Associate will be in residence to support the Luce Group participants. The Luce Associates are HERS Institutes Alumnae from STEM fields.

More information about applications for the 2017 Luce Associates will be available by November 28, 2016.

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

Saturday, April 8, 2017, 8:30AM-5:00PM 

  • Summit for Women in STEM
    • Hosted by Wheaton College
    • HERS encourages alumnae and their colleagues to bring their students to participate in the inaugural Summit for Women in STEM at Wheaton College.

Thursday, April 20, 2017, 7:00AM-3:00PM

  • Forward Together: Building a Diverse Community of Women Leaders Regional Conference
    • Atlanta Marriott Marquis
    • Sponsored by TIAA, the conference is an opportunity for leaders – HERS Alumnae, colleagues and friends – in the southeastern region to come together to discuss issues relevant to the success of higher education and you:
      • Committing to Developing Successful Communities of Excellence
      • Wellness Planning for Women in Higher Education
      • A Holistic Approach to Community Engagement
    • Registration Rate: $225


April 20-22, 2017

  • Next Stages, Next Steps Career Workshop
    • Atlanta Marriott Marquis
    • The program invites women exploring deanships, associate vice president/provost roles, and comparable positions in all administrative areas. As part of our HERS Clare Boothe Luce (CBL) Program, we will have additional resources for women in STEM academic leadership. Working with consultants from Academic Search and HERS Alumnae currently serving in executive and senior roles, attendees will explore how to identify the right positions, prepare materials for search processes, learn how to navigate the search process including search committee interviews and campus visits, and develop a network of supporters needed to succeed.
    • Registration Rates:
      • Before March 20, 2017: $1,250
      • After March 20, 2017: $1,950