September Diversity in Higher Education Seminar: Female Faculty in the Sciences

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In partnership with the Carolina Women’s CenterDiversity and Multicultural Affairs features four prominent female scientists at UNC in a panel and a facilitated WIS_logosdiscussion on Creating an Inclusive Climate for Female Faculty in the Sciences. In the past decade, the percentages of women attaining degrees in engineering and computer sciences have remained stagnant yet these fields have the highest demands in the workforce. This has critical implications for the future of science, technology, engineering, and math—also known as the STEM fields.

With rising numbers of attrition of women in multiple STEM arenas, the need to create policies and practices that promote inclusion, leadership, and opportunities for women in STEM will be the issue under discussion. The panel will discuss promising practices and also challenges that female faculty face in higher education with regard to increasing female enrollment, degree attainment, and faculty recruitment in the sciences.

Chancellor Folt will make opening remarks for the event. Panelists will include Clara Lee, MD, MPP (Associate Professor of Surgery, Director of Research – Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, UNC Department of Surgery); Anna Maria Siega-Riz, PhD (professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health; Valerie Ashby, PhD, (professor and department chair, Chemistry) and Pamela Johnson Rowsey, PhD, RN (associate professor and coordinator of student diversity and recruitment, School of Nursing).

Professor Silvia Tomášková will moderate the session. Dr. Tomášková has extensive experiences in addressing climate issues for women scientists in various science departments through the Women in Science group at UNC, and works to bring distinguished women scientists to campus in an annual public lecture series. Dr. Tomášková has a joint appointment in the Anthropology Department and in Women’s and Gender Studies, and teaches courses in both units.

The seminar will take place in the Toy Lounge in Dey Hall, Tuesday, September 23, 2014 from 3:30-5:00 pm. Registration is open to all and will be of special interest to both new and emerging faculty and graduate students. Please note: registration is required to attend and refreshments will be served during the event.

Diversity and Multicultural Affairs hosts the Annual Diversity in Higher Education Series that focuses on diversity across three areas: Education, Access, and Research. To learn more about future diversity education seminars, please visit

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