SUNY Empire Women in STEM (WiSTEM)

The SUNY Empire Women in STEM (WiSTEM) Group is led by two co-chairs with the support of three subgroups focused on the different tasks. The subgroups, which will be composed of 2-3 members of the group at-large, are: Outreach, Conference and Webinar, Website and Newsletter. The co-chairs and members of the subgroups meet regularly and rotate every 1-2 years (in stacked terms) to allow members an opportunity to be part of the group’s leadership.

The membership of the WiSTEM is composed of women faculty and administrators with STEM backgrounds (as defined by the PRODiG list).

2020-2021 Co-Chairs: Dr. Audeliz Matias and Dr. Lila Rajabion

The SUNY Empire Women in STEM (WiSTEM) is an organization of women faculty with academic backgrounds in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) at SUNY Empire State College that aim to empower women in STEM by promoting gender equality and work-life balance, and providing support to achieve their highest potential. Through our initiatives, we aspire to increase the visibility of women in STEM and to foster community between those interested in women's issues in STEM. Additionally, we hope to inspire and encourage women to pursue STEM programs at SUNY Empire and broaden students' horizons, so that they can also make positive impact in their professional career.

Our goal is to create a supportive workplace and a climate that attracts and nurtures the career of all faculty and supports SUNY Empire's students particularly women in STEM.

The purpose of the SUNY Empire Women in STEM (WiSTEM) group is to advance and enhance the professional development of its members, develop a sense of community among women in STEM at SUNY Empire, create programs and initiatives to address issues facing women in STEM fields and the New York State community, and create a network of individuals helping achieve the mission and vision of WiSTEM.