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Register for Tomorrow's DEI Town Hall

WEPAN, the ARC Network, and ACCESS+ are co-hosting a town hall on Thursday, February 15th, from 2-3:30pm ET, in response to the growing list of obstacles to advancing equity, including the attacks on the psychological well-being of marginalized peoples doing this work.

Join us as we:

  • come together as a larger community to discuss the issues at hand
  • highlight the realities of the personal and professional impacts being experienced
  • facilitate exchange of resources and insights
  • seed collective effort to address these issues in ways that allow us to be intentional and in community
  • share ways WEPAN, ARC Network, and ACCESS+ can support our communities

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The ADVANCE Resource and Coordination (ARC) Network, funded by the NSF ADVANCE Program, Awards HRD-2121468 and HRD-1740860, seeks to achieve gender equity for faculty in higher education STEM disciplines through an intersectional, intentional, and inclusive lens.

ACCESS+, funded by an NSF ADVANCE grant (HRD-2017953), works to increase the number of STEM professional societies engaged in advancing intersectional gender equity in STEM.

WEPAN is a non-profit organization founded in 1990 dedicated to advancing cultures of equity and inclusion in engineering higher education and applied professions.
Please feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns. We hope to see you there!


Join WEPAN and ACCESS+ on 3.7 for a Webinar on "Ecosystems of Inclusion"

The Women in Engineering ProActive Network (WEPAN) and its ACCESS+ initiative are hosting Shani Dellimore Barrax, founder of the Aurora Change Agency, to discuss Ecosystems of Inclusion. The webinar is open, and we encourage folks working to advance diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging to attend!

As diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) efforts strive to endure recent attacks, organizations must consider how to develop sustainable strategies with demonstrated impact. Many well-intentioned efforts are undermined by approaches that neither consider the broader implications of people and culture or the intrapersonal, interpersonal, and organizational intentionality required to facilitate successful results.

In this session, participants will explore a model that proposes organizational change through broad engagement with both the "doing" AND the "being" of this important work.

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General Registration Now Open for the ADVANCE EiSCC! Virtual Ticket Also Available

Registration is now open for the 2024 ADVANCE EiSCC! Join us in Baltimore, Maryland from June 2-5, 2024 at the Hilton Inner Harbor to drive systemic change in STEM.

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All members of the ARC Network receive a $50 discount on registration.

There is also a virtual ticket option for $50. Virtual attendees will have access to the live streamed plenary sessions through the WEPAN Events App. Additionally, virtual attendees have event app access for networking, viewing presenter materials, and using other features (ARC Network member discount does not apply).

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Register for Science Talk '24

Registration is now open for Science Talk ‘24, the annual conference of the Association of Science Communicators. At ASC, we believe that science is a human right. Connecting the multifaceted world of science communicators is critical for building a strong and knowledgeable society. SCIENCE TALK ’24 is taking place as a hybrid conference April 11-12 in person in Portland, Oregon, and with real-time online participation.

We are also accepting abstracts for the poster/art session. The conference theme for 2024 is Opening Doors, which invites a diverse and inclusive community of science communicators to expand their communication potential and impact the world. We look forward to seeing you at Science Talk ’24.

NYU Meltzer Center Speaker Series: Trans Inclusion at a Time of Backlash

Attacks on the transgender community have increased dramatically in recent years, including legal restrictions on bathroom access and medical care, book bans, and what the Human Rights Campaign has called an “epidemic of violence.”

On Wednesday, February 28, from 12-1pm, join Andy Marra, Executive Director of the Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund, for a conversation with Professor Kenji Yoshino, Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Constitutional Law and Director of the Meltzer Center for Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging, about the state of trans rights in 2024. What has prompted the anti-trans backlash? What challenges lie ahead? And what can supporters of trans inclusion do to advance their values in the current political climate?

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Call for Conference Papers: “Disclosing Failure, Benefit or Hazard for STEM Women Faculty? Advancing An Equity and Inclusion Perspective”

We invite your participation in the first-ever conference to explore the hazards and benefits of failure disclosure for women in STEM. The conference, “Disclosing Failure, Benefit or Hazard for STEM Women Faculty? Advancing An Equity and Inclusion Perspective,” will be held on June 11-13, 2024, at the University of Virginia.

The value of disclosing scientific failures (teaching, mentoring research) has been well established. This conference seeks to transform national conversations and research inquiry by asking why, for whom and under what conditions is disclosing failure discouraged or impeded. And when failure disclosure is rendered beneficial to all STEM faculty, what are the positive consequences for scientific discovery and broader participation in STEM fields.

Women of color are especially encouraged o attend and lend their voices as we activateconversation and build community around this important issue. Participants from all STEM disciplines (The NSF definition of STEM includes the social and economic sciences), faculty ranks, and institution types are welcome. Note: The term “women” is used to mean cisgendered or transgendered persons who identify as women.

Submissions are due February 15. For information on submission guidelines and to submit, visit

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NOTE: the conference has funding to support partial travel and subsistence for some participants.

Career Opportunities

Postdoctoral Scholars Program, Lehigh University

Lehigh University invites applications to the second cycle of the "Advancing Future Faculty Diversity Postdoctoral Scholars Program."

Prospective postdocs can apply to work within one of the qualified host units named in the full ad. The program will provide professional development and support to prepare scholars for faculty roles at Lehigh, or similar institutions.

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The Inventor’s Patent Academy Webinar Series: Understanding Patent Law"

Sponsored by Qualcomm, this WEPAN webinar series will explore topics covered in The Inventor’s Patent Academy (TIPA), a free three-part course that supports current and future inventors in understanding patenting, intellectual property, and how to navigate the patenting system. TIPA, created in partnership by Qualcomm and Invent Together, promotes equitable innovation ecosystems by providing open access to patenting information often withheld from marginalized inventors.

The second webinar in this WEPAN series aligns with Module 2 of TIPA, "Understanding Patent Law," which covers the specifics of patents, patent rights, and duration, including the steps of applying for a patent and the professionals, such as patent attorneys and patent agents, who play a key role in the process. Join us for this panel discussion featuring three experts who will share their knowledge, strategies, tools, and tips for navigating your own patent journey.

TIPA is a six-hour course that you can complete at your own pace. Each of the three modules is broken down into lessons of approximately 10 minutes, allowing for completion on a timeline that works for you. To learn more about The Inventor's Patent Academy and to take Modules 1 and 2, visit

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VVS & ERW Digest

Collected resources and news regarding our Virtual Visiting Scholars andEmerging Research Workshops.

Read and Give Feedback on the Latest ARC Emerging Research Workshop Reports

The two newest reports from the ARC Network's Emerging Research Workshops have been released. The reports, "Using Big Data and Algorithms to Foster Equity in STEM" and "Cultivating Equity In STEM Through Inclusive Language," cover research and promising practices on each of the topics and suggest new directions for future work. We invite the community to share their expertise on the topics. To read the reports and share your input visit

Equity in the News

A selection of equity, diversity, and inclusion-related articles.

"3 Ways That Anti-DEI Efforts Are Changing How Colleges Operate" by A. Taylor in the Chronicle of Higher Education

"Some public colleges are not only settling into a new semester; they’re also settling into new names and protocols in response to restrictions on diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts. Last year, Republican state lawmakers proposed dozens of bills taking aim at colleges’ efforts to create more welcoming campuses, and they’ve already proposed more for 2024. As these critics see it, diversity-related offices, centers, and programs, often described as DEI, are ineffective and discriminatory. Colleges defend these initiatives as essential support systems for students from marginalized backgrounds."

Equity Resources

Publications, reports, or communications relevant to equity in the academy. All resources listed below are available in the ARC Network online resource library.

"The Role of Gender in Scholarly Authorship" by J. West, J. Jacquet, M. King et al.

“Gender disparities appear to be decreasing in academia according to a number of metrics, such as grant funding, hiring, acceptance at scholarly journals, and productivity, and it might be tempting to think that gender inequity will soon be a problem of the past. However, a large-scale analysis based on over eight million papers across the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities reveals a number of understated and persistent ways in which gender inequities remain. For instance, even where raw publication counts seem to be equal between genders, close inspection reveals that, in certain fields, men predominate in the prestigious first and last author positions. Moreover, women are significantly underrepresented as authors of single-authored papers. Academics should be aware of the subtle ways that gender disparities can occur in scholarly authorship."

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