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January 24, 2021
January 24, 2021
January 28, 2021
Diversity and CoNECD Paper Submissions
Colorado School of Mines is a post-secondary institution primarily offering STEM degrees. Founded in 1873, Mines has a long history of delivering high quality degrees. Mines students were recently ranked 4th brainiest in the Nation. While Mines is the number one ranked mineral and mining school in the world, Mines is also well-known for degrees focused on the great challenges society faces today—particularly those related to the Earth, energy and the environment. As a STEM institution, Mines historically struggled with enrollment and retention of women. The first woman, Florence Caldwell Jones, graduated from Mines in 1898. The next three women would graduate between then at 1949. Today, however, things are drastically different. Despite the well-known challenges facing women in STEM, Mines has developed unique programming with astounding results for women. Women at Mines have better retention rates than the general population. Women graduate faster than the general population. And despite making up only 33% of the population, women hold more leadership positions on campus. This presentation will review the efforts of Mines Women in Science and Engineering and Mathematics (WISEM) program, and share best practices that have resulted in outstanding support and outcomes for women at Mines. Highlighted programs will include outreach, recruitment and retention, including: Evening with Industry, Networking Reception, Making the Connection, Girls Lead the Way Leadership Conference, SWE Mentoring Program, Florence Caldwell Scholarship Program and the Vanguard Community of Scholars Program. The WISEM office provides professional staff support and advising for SWE and the student lead events ensuring consistent high quality programs and professional development for student leaders.
Pilkington, A. L., & Landis, A. E. (2021, January), Increasing Retention and Graduation Rates for Women in STEM Paper presented at 2021 CoNECD, Virtual - 1pm to 5pm Eastern Time Each Day . 10.18260/1-2--36099
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