AWIS Names Project Director for New Initiative to Promote Gender Equity in STEM

Apr 18, 2018 | Press Release

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AWIS Names Project Director for New Initiative to Promote Gender Equity in STEM

WASHINGTON DC, April 18, 2018 – Association for Women in Science (AWIS) Executive Director and CEO Janet Bandows Koster announced Rochelle Williams, PhD as the Project Director for the ADVANCE Resource Coordination (ARC) Network. Dr. Williams will provide strategic oversight of this new AWIS initiative dedicated to promoting gender equity within STEM and postsecondary higher education. The initiative is funded by the National Science Foundation ADVANCE grant awarded to AWIS in 2017. AWIS is the leading advocate for women in STEM with a global network of more than 100,000 professionals.

“We are pleased to have Rochelle join the Association for Women in Science (AWIS) team and draw on her experience as we continue our mission to promote institutional and systemic change, remove barriers and seek greater inclusion for women in STEM across all disciplines and sectors,” said AWIS CEO, Janet Bandows Koster.

Prior to joining AWIS, Dr. Williams served as a Research Scientist in the Office for the Academic Affairs at Prairie View A&M University in Prairie View, Texas. She was also the Director of Programs and Research at the ABET headquarters in Baltimore, MD and is a Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Fellow with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine in Washington, DC.

Dr. Williams is a subject-matter expert for the National Science Foundation (NSF) on issues of culture, inclusion, broadening participation and university education programs. She has been a speaker at several international conferences, including the World Engineering Education Forum in Dubai, UAE and assessment workshops in France and Colombia. Additionally, she is an incoming Chair of the Minorities in Engineering Division for the American Society for Engineering Education, and an adjunct instructor in the Whitlowe R. Green College of Education at Prairie View A&M University.

In 2013, Dr. Williams was recognized by the Baltimore Magazine as one of the city’s Top 40 under 40, and in 2014, Baltimore Sun Magazine named her as one of the 40 Women to Watch. She holds a BS in physics from Spelman College, MS in engineering and mechanical engineering, and PhD in science and mathematics education, both from Southern University and A&M College.

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About AWIS:
The Association for Women in Science (AWIS) is a global network with 80 grassroots chapters and affiliates connecting more than 100,000 professionals in STEM with members, allies and supporters worldwide. Founded in 1971, AWIS has been the leading advocate for women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to achieve business growth, social change, and innovation. We are dedicated to driving excellence in STEM by achieving equity and full participation of women in all disciplines and across all employment sectors. To learn more, visit www.awis.org and follow us @AWISNational on Twitter and Facebook.

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