The mission of WiSTEM (Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) is to create and maintain an environment that fosters the growth and development of women, femme and nonbinary students in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics community at Harvard College through mentorship. The WiSTEM Mentorship Program was established to build community among women in STEM by matching undergraduates with graduate students in similar fields as well as create programming that fosters the growth and development of women students in the STEM community at Harvard. The short-term goal of the program is to increase the retention of women STEM concentrators at Harvard College by connecting them with role models and mentors to providing critical support necessary for them to thrive. The intended long-term impact of the WiSTEM Mentorship Program is to strengthen a community of inclusion for women and other underrepresented students in STEM at Harvard while enhancing pathways for greater representation of women in STEM careers more broadly.
Mentorship is an impactful way for students to learn new skills and support academic and professional development while building a network of community members; including mentors, peers, and staff, invested in their success. Wherever you are in your professional or student journey, the Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (WiSTEM) Mentorship Program helps you to grow by learning and developing with others through mentorship.
- For undergraduate mentees, WiSTEM helps in academic and career planning by providing academic and job-specific information and potential career paths, building career networking skills, and assisting with job placement after graduation.
- For our mentors, WiSTEM provides the opportunity to give back and volunteer time, while developing important leadership skills and finding support from within the broader WiSTEM community.
For all of our participants, we are working to build an inclusive community in STEM at Harvard where all members can thrive. Be a part of the movement, join our community today as a mentor or mentee!
In addition to connecting individuals and promoting mentorship, the WiSTEM program has been at the forefront of building a community for women across Harvard. The program features a variety of events and community-building activities to enhance participants’ experience, including gatherings with faculty members. Learn more about how to get involved in the greater community through the STEM Coalition or the other Diversity in STEM Mentorship Programs.
We are happy to announce that the Harvard College Women's Center, Harvard University Women in Technology+, and Harvard Graduate Women in Science and Engineering's collaboration on "SySTEMatic: Expanding the Reach of Diversity in STEM Programming through Enhanced Mentorship Tech" as a 2020-21 grant recipient of the Harvard Culture Lab Innovation Fund will continue for a second pilot year in AY22. All 3 mentoring programs are dedicated to supporting marginalized genders in STEM fields for staff, undergraduate students, and graduate students. This software will allow us to reduce the amount of time it takes to administer these programs to allow us to scale them out and support more of the Harvard community.
- See our Program brochure for more information.
- Interview with our former WiSTEM Coordinator, Nicole Black, on the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences website.