The WiSTEM Pro^2 organization advances the full and successful participation and inclusion of women within academic professions by addressing gender equity, recruitment and retention, awards and recognition, and career advancement and satisfaction.
The WiSTEM Pro2 group was organized through grassroots efforts in Fall 2015. Roughly 15 faculty and staff members, representing various academic and non-academic units on campus, began to gather monthly. In Fall of 2016, the organization formally expanded to include all colleagues across the University of Nebraska Omaha. At this same time, the executive board was focused on infrastructure. Committees were formed, a white paper written, and a budget established.
As the organization grows, we anticipate that there will be opportunities for research collaborations, mentorship, and promotion. Program content will be designed to be flexible and geared to meet the changing needs of women in academic-related professions. Life management and leadership issues are a major focus. We plan to increase collaborations across campus. Current collaborations include:
- We strive to partner with our community to establish a network, collaborate for programming events, and seek funding opportunities. A few of these partners are:
- NU Foundation
- Omaha Architecture/HDR
Campus priorities and collaborations:
- As we continue to meet two of the University's Strategic Plan Efforts, Diversity & Inclusion and STEM, we actively collaborate with the following campus units:
- Center for Faculty Excellence/Academic Partnership for Instruction
- University of Nebraska Office of Diversity and Inclusion
- (we)STEM - women engaged in STEM, UNO’s student organization
- Chancellor’s Commission on the Status of Women
Where our members come from
Our members consist of all male or female faculty, staff, or alumni that support our mission. Our members come from social, behavioral, and physical sciences, education, technology, mathematics, interdisciplinary fields, as well as business and fine arts. We have ~60 active members from the following units on campus (in no particular order): HPER, IS&T, Biomechanics, Teacher Education, Math, Biology, Geology/Geography, Academic Affairs, IT Innovation, Grad Studies, Emergency Management, Criss Library, Chemistry, MBSC Operations, Information Services, Gerontology, Women and Gender Studies, Interdisciplinary Information, Special Education/Communication Disorders, Executive MBA program, Physics, OIE, Music, Center for Public Affairs Research, Aviation Institute, NASA Nebraska Space Grant, ORCA, Facilities Management & Planning, and UNL Engineering. Of these members, many are staff, several faculty (all levels), and a few administrators. Both men and women are members of this organization.
If you are interested in joining our group, please do. Even if you do not self-identify as being in a STEM-related field, that is okay! Each of our members is interested in diversity, inclusion, and equity in the workplace. If you are interested in being added to our email list, please click here
Current Executive Board
President: Kelly Gomez-Johnson
Past President: Jenna Yentes
Treasurer: Sheryl McGlamery
Communications Chair: Amelia Tangeman
Data Chair: DeeDee Bennett
Awards Chair: Sandy Vlasnik
Programming Chair: Anne Karabon