Bringing Together





Clear and engaging scientific communication is an important skill for all scientists to cultivate. The WiSTEM Symposium focuses on empowering individuals of all underrepresented genders to effectively present themselves and their data in any career endeavor.

Redefining Womxn in STEM

Why a Symposium? A symposium is a formal gathering in an academic setting where participants are experts in their fields. The Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity is shifting the narrative around who is expert by recognizing that participants regardless of their possession of a terminal degree have a level of expertise in their field of study. We are redefining “expert.”

The WiSTEM symposium aims to build community by promoting and highlighting the scientific achievements of womxn and individuals of underrepresented genders in STEM fields.

Why Womxn and not Women?* As micro-aggressions work to subtly enforce sexist ideals and tendencies among individuals, the word ‘women’ subtly enforces the concept that womxn are second to men. The orthography is intersectional and is used to stress visually the symposiums inclusive approach to gender and gender identity. The Symposium values diversity. We encourage womxn from historically under-represented groups, and femme, trans-womxn, and non-binary persons in STEM fields to apply.

Saturday Oct. 5th

8:00 - 8:45 a.m. Breakfast

8:45 - 10:00 a.m. Session 1

10:00 - 10:10 a.m. Break

10:15 - 11:30 a.m. Session 2

11:30-12:45 p.m. Lunch Career Panel

12:45 - 2:00 p.m. Session 3 

2:00 - 2:40 p.m. Session 4

3:00 p.m. Conference Closing & Feedback

Friday Oct. 4th

11:30 - 12:00 p.m. Check In

12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Networking Lunch

1:00 - 2:15 p.m. Keynote & Conference Welcome

2:15 - 2:30 p.m. Break

2:30-5:45 p.m. Required Presentations

2:30-3:15 p.m. Picture Talks

3:15-4:00 p.m. Poster Presentations

4:15-5:45 p.m. Job Talk

5:45 p.m. Group Photo & Dinner 


Coming Soon!

WiSTEM 2019 would not be possible without the generous funding of OIED, the leadership of the student-led planning committee, and the support of our staff consultants!


Brown's strategic plan emphasizes the value of developing an academic community that embodies the social and intellectual diversity of the world. The University is committed to this vision with the goal of positioning Brown to achieve the highest level of academic excellence and to prepare our students to thrive and lead in the complex and changing settings they’ll encounter after they graduate.

The Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity (OIED) is a critical leader in supporting these goals at all levels of the University.


The 2019 WiSTEM Planning Committee

  • Brittany Mandeville

  • Jazlyn Nketia

  • Kathryn Thompson

  • Yokarla Veras

  • Helen Belato

  • Bianca Brown

  • Shekinah Fashaw

  • Kiara Lee

The 2019 WiSTEM Staff Consultants

  • Marlina Duncan

  • Chloe Poston

  • Shay Collins

  • Gelonia Dent