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 (Kasper MPR)

8:45 - 9:55 a.m. Working with Individuals with Intersecting Identities (Kasper MPR)

9:55 - 10:05 a.m. Break

10:05 - 11:15 a.m. Knowing Your Worth and Advocating for Your Career (Petteruiti Lounge)

11:15 - 12:30 p.m. Lunch Career Panel (Kasper MPR)

12:30 - 1:40 p.m. Building Your Brand from the Bench to the Boardroom (Kasper MPR) 

1:40 - 2:40 p.m. Harnessing Time Management to Advance your Career (Kasper MPR)

3:00 p.m. Conference Closing & Feedback (Kasper MPR)

Friday Oct. 4th

11:30 - 12:00 p.m. Check In (Kasper Multipurpose Room)

12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Networking Lunch (Kasper MPR)

1:00 - 2:15 p.m. Keynote & Conference Welcome (Kasper MPR)

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

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 Keynote (Petteruti Lounge)

Kasper Multipurpose Room is located on the lower level of the Stephen Roberts ‘62 Campus Center (Faunce House) at 75 Waterman Street Providence, RI 02912

Petteruti Lounge is located on the second floor of the Stephen Roberts ‘62 Campus Center (Faunce House) at 75 Waterman Street Providence, RI 02912

Download the BrownU app in the App Store or Google Play then select the Womxn in STEM Symposium option the first time you open the app for a digital program. If you have already been using the app, you can switch to the symposium content by tapping the person icon on the top menu - there is a "Tap to switch persona" option.


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