The Center for Evaluation and Research for STEM Equity (CERSE) is housed at the University of Washington Department of Sociology. Our center focuses on conducting high quality program evaluation and research to improve equity and broaden representation in STEM fields, with a focus on higher education. We help meet the challenges of the emerging workforce: recruitment, retention, and advancement of women and underrepresented minorities.
In 2016, we changed our name from the Center for Workforce Development to better reflect the type of work that we do and why we do it.
Preparing Engineering Faculty to Make Academic Change Happen
Through the NSF-funded Preparing Engineering Faculty to Make Academic Change Happen project, CERSE is collaborating with Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology to conduct participatory action research with change agents who are engaged in making change on their campuses through the NSF Revolutionizing Engineering Departments (RED) Program. In addition to providing RED recipients with a customized change curriculum and ongoing support for their projects, we are longitudinally tracking their processes and outcomes to better understand how change occurs within academic departments.
UW CERSE Director presents at the 2016 NCWIT summit
At the 2016 Summit of the National Center for Women & Information Technology, CERSE Director, Liz Litzler presented to the Academic Alliance on best practices for goal setting, reminding audience members that goals can help drive focused action and “what gets measured gets done”.
Suzanne G. Brainard Diversity STEM Scholarship
We support the Suzanne G. Brainard Diversity STEM Scholarship which recognizes the remarkable work of Dr. Brainard by awarding an annual scholarship to an exceptional student who impacts STEM diversity. As founder of UW WiSE (Women in Science and Engineering) and co-founder of WEPAN (Women in Engineering Program Advocates Network), Dr. Suzanne Brainard has influenced countless female scientists and engineers. She has been a trusted mentor and a passionate advocate for diversity at the UW. Please visit here for more information or to make a gift to the scholarship.