GWC Initiatives

Women's Center Initiatives

SAWS - Support and Advancement of Women in STEM

  • MentorNet - The Women's Center uses MentorNet as an e-mentoring tool for female students in STEM. MentorNet makes it easy for the mentee to connect electronically with a professional women mentor in her field. Currently 60 UTD students participate in MentorNet.

  • Industry Connections Networking Events - networking and dialogue events focused on making professional connections with women in industry to smooth transition from student to work life, creating personal and professional goals, gender roles in the workplace, equal pay, mentoring, career leadership, diversity and workplace etiquette.

  • Introduce A Girl to Engineering Day - Girls may not choose to go into engineering careers because they do not know what engineering is and what engineers do. Students from area schools visit UT Dallas for a day of engineering fun led by student leaders in ECS and various student organizations as well as interested industry partners in the Dallas area.

  • Young WISE Investigators Program - The YWISEI Program is intended to inspire and encourage high school students at Irma Rangel Young Women's Leadership School in Dallas ISD to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The program provides mentoring and support for 12 high school students over a one-year period to complete a science and engineering project. The program also seeks to reward top young women STEM achievers by awarding a scholarship to UT Dallas in spring 2013 to the top participants.

  • STEM Scholarships - In partnership with the Office of Community Engagement (DCE) and industry partners, the Women's Center awards women studying in STEM disciplines who have a record of academic excellence, show significant financial need, and actively demonstrates leadership to enhance the success of women. This scholarship can be used to cover education related expenses including tuition, fees and housing.

LEAP - LGBTQ Engagement, Advocacy and Programming

  • The LEAP Committee - To achieve the holistic integration of lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender and queer policies, programming and awareness into the academic culture on UTD campus. We focus specifically on items related to education, awareness and advocacy, student/faculty recruitment and retention and to the overall level of equity and inclusion on campus for LGBTQ individuals.

  • Safe Zone Ally Training - The Galerstein Women's Center helps create leadership by making the first step toward gender and sexual identity equality. Safe Zone Ally Training is education for UTD students, faculty, staff and community to create a university-wide network of visible allies who are willing to offer a supportive and inclusive environment to all people.

  • Diversity Scholarships - In partnership with the Office of Community Engagement (OCE), industry partners, and the Keith - Huckaba Endowed Student Support Fund, the Women's Center supports retention scholarships for LGBTQ students who have a record of academic excellence, show significant financial need, and actively demonstrates leadership to positively impact the campus environment for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer communities. This scholarship can be used to cover education related expenses including tuition, fees and housing.

GESA (Gender Education, Support and Awareness): Dialogues across workplace, study space and community

  • Gender Studies Lecture Series - Developed in collaboration with the Gender Studies Program in the School of Interdisciplinary Studies, the series focuses on topics related to gender equality, the glass ceiling, women's health and wellness, balancing work and family, workplace climate, media representation and scholarly research.

  • Industry Connections Series - To provide women from UT Dallas and industry professionals networking dialogues that span the workplace and study space. Participants have an opportunity to discuss, support and engage in interactive presentations and sharing best practices for women in leadership roles.