Many organizations are promoting STEM diversity and inclusion through research on and programs for women and girls in STEM. SWE shares some of these external resources here.
The ARC Network
The ARC Network strives to advance equity nationally by facilitating the adoption and implementation of evidence-based systemic initiatives. Members of the ARC Network community have access to a rich library of curated resources, including reports, white papers, briefings, unpublished manuscripts, toolkits, datasets, training videos, evaluation practices, and many other resources produced by researchers and practitioners involved in STEM equity. The ARC Network is funded by the National Science Foundation ADVANCE Program.
To join the ARC Network and have access to articles from SWE’s annual literature review as well as many other STEM equity literature, visit equityinstem.org.
Download the 2021 report to learn about the NSF ADVANCE Program’s progress over the last 20 years. Since 2001, NSF has invested over $365 million towards projects aimed at making organizational change for gender equity in STEM academic professions.
The 50k Coalition
The 50K Coalition is a unique collaborative of more than 40 organizations focused on a bold national goal: to produce 50,000 diverse engineering graduates annually by 2025. The coalition was formed by the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES), the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) and the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), the nation’s preeminent diversity engineering organizations, which collectively serve more than 85,000 pre-collegiate, collegiate and professional members. The expertise and more than 188 years of collective experience of the coalition’s founding organizations perfectly position them to tackle the coalition’s goal.
With support from funding organizations such as the United Engineering Foundation and the National Science Foundation, the 50k Coalition continues to implement its comprehensive strategy to drive collective action to achieve its bold agenda.
Links to External Resources
- DiscoverE conducted a year-long research project to find out what today’s teens and their parents think about engineering. Messages Matter: Effective Messages for Reaching Tomorrow’s Innovators provides recommendations on ways to reach teens and their influencers when developing targeted messages about a potential STEM career.
- Ignored Potential: A Collaborative Road Map for Increasing African-American Women in Engineering: This report was developed for NSBE, SWE, and WEPAN.
- STEM Equity Program Evaluation Rubric: This rubric, developed by the Intermountain STEM (IM STEM) project funded by NSF, is designed to help program administrators, designers, implementers and funders identify the critical attributes of a STEM program to determine the degree to which it is inclusive and supports access and success for students who historically have not engaged in STEM.
- The NSF INCLUDES Coordination Hub, in partnership with the National Girls Collaborative Project, developed a research brief entitled Evidence-based Strategies for Attracting and Retaining Girls and Women in STEM. The research brief highlights the gender disparities along the educational pathways to career choice and discusses evidence-based strategies that can address the barriers to girls’ and women’s participation in STEM.
- NASA offers a variety of STEM resources and opportunities for youth.
Other organizations who provide data and reports on women in STEM:
- Bureau of Labor Statistics
- NSF’s National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics report Women, Minorities and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering.
- NSF’s National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics Science & Engineering Indicators.