Workshop: Responding to Systemic Racism

A workshop hosted by the Women in STEM Leadership Council on responding to systemic racism led by Shawn Maxam, the Senior Associate Director For Institutional Diversity and Inclusion at Princeton University. 

Events from Spring 2021

WSTEM (Women in STEM Leadership Council) and MAVRIC (Men’s Allied Voices for Respectful and Inclusive Communities) co-facilitated a discussion about The Mask You Live In and its implications for creating a safe, healthy environment for all genders at Princeton.

Discussion questions included: What about the film resonates with our experiences, and what surprised us? How do we continue to perpetuate restrictive concepts of masculinity in the classroom, research lab, and club/sports environments? What actions can we take to promote less restrictive gender identity norms on campus?

Events from Summer 2021: Self Defense Workshop

The Princeton Women in STEM (WSTEM) Leadership Council hosted a virtual Self-Defense Workshop for graduate students to practice physical / verbal assertiveness and boundary setting. The workshop’s goal was to empower students with physical, mental, and verbal self-defense strategies, including socially acceptable self-defense strategies, navigating power dynamics in academic/workplace settings, and disabling techniques derived from jujitsu. The course was taught by Self Defense Instructor, Anika Sproull.

Events from Fall Semester 2020: WSTEM Networking Event

The Princeton Women in STEM Leadership Council hosted Professional Networking Event for Graduate Women to develop mentorship networks for graduate women in STEM! The goal of the event was to introduce graduate women to female faculty and postdocs in their department and other STEM departments, highlighting women at higher levels of academia in STEM fields that could provide graduate school advice and possibly serve as mentors.

Upward Mobility, Ethical Costs, and Inclusive Teaching: A Two-Part Conversation for Graduate Students (Part 1)

On Friday, January 22, the Women in STEM Leadership Council hosted a presentation by Dr. Jennifer Morton ’02 (UNC Chapel Hill) as Part 1 of our January/February event on inclusive teaching. In discussing her recent book, Moving Up Without Losing Your Way: The Ethical Costs of Upward Mobility (Princeton University Press, 2019), Dr. Morton highlighted the ethical and emotional costs paid by “strivers”—students from disadvantaged backgrounds seeking upward mobility through college education—and urged us as educators to take part in constructing a new narrative of upward mobility that contends honestly with such costs in historical and economic contexts, thereby empowering strivers to make informed decisions. The engaging presentation was followed by a robust Q&A with the over 60 graduate students in attendance.

We look forward to continuing the conversation in Part 2 of our event on February 5.

We thank the Access, Diversity, and Inclusion team at the Graduate School for generously providing copies of Dr. Morton’s book to our attendees.

Professional Networking Event for Graduate Women

The Women in STEM Leadership Council hosted the Professional Networking Event for Graduate Women on November 26th (4-6pm) to develop mentorship networks for graduate women in STEM departments at Princeton. Our goal was to introduce first year and second year graduate women to female faculty and postdocs in their department and other STEM departments, highlighting women at higher levels of academia in STEM fields that can provide graduate school advice and possibly serve as mentors for these students. The event was a huge success, with thirty-two first and second year STEM graduate students from across twelve departments and programs in attendance. We hope that this event, the first of its kind to our knowledge to be held at Princeton, will pave the way for future conversations about mentorship and more events targeted at developing mentorship networks for women within and across STEM departments.  This event could not have been held without support from Princeton’s Psychology Department, Campus Life, and the Graduate School’s Professional Development Initiatives.