What is WISELI?
The Women in Science & Engineering Leadership Institute (WISELI) is a research center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. WISELI was formed in 2002 with funding from the National Science Foundation’s ADVANCE: Institutional Transformation program. The center is currently funded with a combination of: contributions from eight UW-Madison schools, colleges, or units; grant funding from national scientific funding agencies; gift funds; and funds earned through WISELI’s income-generating activities.
The long-term goal of WISELI is to have the gender of the faculty, chairs, and deans reflect the gender of the student body at UW-Madison. To accomplish these goals, WISELI is a visible, campus-wide entity, endorsed by top-level administrators, which uses UW-Madison as a "living laboratory" to study gender equity for women in science and engineering, implement solutions, and provide methods and analyses to measure indicators of success. To learn more about WISELI, we invite you to explore our website or contact us.
WISELI also disseminates “best practices” in gender equity programming and measurement. Our workshops and materials are in demand by colleges and universities nationally (and even internationally).