Strategic Initiatives and Programs

WEPAN has a clear focus on promoting the use of research-based strategies to advance women in engineering, and this shapes the content WEPAN provides at its National Conference, the Knowledge Center, and in its Professional Development Webinars.

WEPAN further advances its work toward its overarching goal of 50/50 by 2050, by engaging many others in ongoing programs, funded projects, partnerships and relationships –all aimed at to achieving the core purpose or propelling higher education to increase the number and advance the prominence of diverse communities of women in engineering.

Dissemination of Research and Knowledge 

Women in STEM Knowledge Center

Selected collection of 1,400+ resources that captures the body of knowledge on gender underrepresentation in STEM. Globally available, searchable, with links to resources.

WEPAN Webinars

Topical webinars on research and strategies for understanding and addressing gender underrepresentation in STEM. Offered by experts in the field. PowerPoints and recorded webinars are available.

WEPAN National Conference

National conference focused on research-to-practice based advances in outreach, retention, and graduation of women in engineering and improving university culture to advance women in engineering.

gseSpace Project

Will be an online resource library and professional networking for researchers and others whose work is focused on gender in STEM. Intended to advance collaboration and dissemination of research-based knowledge.

AIM Allies Webinar

WEPAN is partnering with the ADVANCE Implementation Mentoring Network to offer a special webinar on advancing women of color faculty in STEM fields.

Faculty Professional Development

WEPAN/ASEE WIED Joint Symposium

The Role of Faculty and Administrators in Advancing Gender Diversity in Engineering Colleges was addressed at a session in conjunction with the WEPAN Annual Conference.

Faculty Professional Development Initiative

This is a series of topical presentations related to understanding root causes of in STEM and practical interventions that faculty can easily employ. 

Improving Student Experience in Engineering and STEM

Talk to Me

Turnkey training program for students to gain practical skills in interacting with faculty to increase retention in engineering. PowerPoint, Student Tip Sheet.


ENGAGE seeks to embed three strategies into practice and over 70 engineering schools to improve the classroom experience and enhance student retention, especially women students. The strategies are: everyday examples in engineering, faculty-student interaction, and spatial-visualization skill training.

Girls RiseNet International Community

This project is a collaboration between U.S., European, and South American organizations that advance informal STEM learning to girls. The Women in STEM Knowledge Center will provide content and a professional online collaboration space for the project.

Volunteer Work to Advance Diversity in Engineering

ASEE Corporate Member Council

The ASEE Corporate Member Council served as the incubator for diversity work within ASEE and links WEPAN to corporations that have a commitment to excellence in engineering education.

ASEE Diversity Committee

WEPAN is a founding member of this group that seeks to advance diversity through the membership of ASEE.

University of Colorado BOLD Center Advisory Council

The BOLD Center is an innovative, leading program nationally that seeks adoption of strategies and practices that promote the success of women and other underrepresented students in engineering. WEPAN contributes knowledge of root causes, interventions, and new strategies and gains a close view of the successes and challenges of systemic change.