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Chicago Collaboration for Women in STEM

From 2011-2015, through an innovative partnership program, Northwestern University and the University of Chicago worked to enhance the advancement of women faculty in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines by collaborating on joint programs and research projects. The goals of the Chicago Collaboration for Women in STEM were to:

One component of the Collaboration was an extensive study conducted by the National Opinion Research Center (NORC), including in-person interviews with faculty members in the biological and physical sciences at Northwestern University and the University of Chicago. The study provides an important window into the culture in our departments and across our campus, and highlights opportunities for us to enhance the work and lives of all our faculty. Download the summary report.

Throughout the five years of the Chicago Collaboration for Women in STEM partnership, (2011-2015) a variety of programs and events took place that were all designed to enhance the community and career success of women faculty in the STEM fields. Such programs included:

Although the Chicago Collaboration for Women in STEM has formally concluded its work, we remain deeply committed to diversifying our science faculties and providing a supportive environment that enhances the career success of women faculty. These are essential components of leadership in higher education in the twenty-first century and the important work of this partnership program will continue at each institution.

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