Students and Post Docs programs

To compliment academic programs and post-graduate research, CGE (in collaboration with partners listed below) produced two successful professional development conferences geared toward UCSF women students and postdocs. These conferences addressed challenges women face, including personal and professional choices they make, that affect their careers and family lives more than their male colleagues. While the format will change, from all-day conferences to luncheon workshops, the continued focus of these programs will be building leadership skills and professional relationships beyond the academic setting.


Current Events

The UCSF Center for Gender Equity, Women in Life Sciences, Student Activity Center , Office of Career & Professional Development, Student Services at Mission Bay and Student Health and Counseling Services present:

Early Career Leadership Skills
(geared toward women)

with Dr. Diane Wara

Date: Monday, April 5, 2010
Time: 5:30 to 6:30pm (refreshments provided from 5 to 5:30pm in the Atrium)
Location: Byers Auditorium, Genentech Hall, Mission Bay
Cost: FREE! (pre-registration required)

(pre-registration required)

Recent research on women's careers shows that isolation reduces women's capacity for risk-taking, often translating into a reluctance to pursue professional goals or a protective response such as perfectionism. Without being conscious of their "mental models" of gender, both men and women still tend to devalue women's work and to allow women a narrower band of assertive behavior. This workshop will address the skills and attributes needed to empower you to take control of your career and become a leader. Join us to explore:

  • How do I assert my ideas and opinions effectively?
  • How do I influence the culture of my lab or workplace?
  • How do I deal with emotions in a professional setting?
  • How do I recognize and relate to the power structure in my work setting?

Identify early career derailers and how to avoid them, learn effective communication strategies and create a mindset for success!

"Marginalization increases as women progress, accompanied by differences in salary, space, awards, and offers from outside… Even though each generation began by believing that gender discrimination was solved in the previous generation, the pattern repeats itself. Problems flourish in departments with non- democratic practices, i.e., administrative procedures whose basis is known only to a few lead inevitably to cronyism and unequal access to resources."

"I was a candidate for that job (chair) and met with the selection committee - and it was full of men - About half-way through my interview they said pointedly, "Are you really sure this is right for your life? Is this really the right thing for you?' I was absolutely flabbergasted."

From Increasing Women's Leadership in Academic Medicine a Report of the AAMC Project Implementation Committee

Diane W. Wara, MD, is a Professor of Pediatrics and Chief of the Division of Pediatric Immunology/Rheumatology at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF). She is committed to improving the quality of life for women in academic Medicine and, as past chair and a long-term member of the UCSF Chancellor's Advisory Committee on the Status of Women, Dr.Wara guided the passage of a number of faculty changes including a statewide University of California policy on child-bearing/child-rearing leave.

In 1991, she became the first Associate Dean for Women at a U.S. medical school. In this position until 2001, she oversaw programs to increase women in leadership positions and to assure salary equity. Currently she leads the expansion of the Chancellor's childcare programs at UCSF.

The UCSF Center for Gender Equity and The J. David Gladstone Institutes present:

Mirages of Equality for Women in Science
with Nancy Hopkins, PhD

Date: Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Time: Noon to 1pm
Location: Toland Hall Auditorium, 533 Parnassus Ave. - UC Hall, 1st Floor
Simulcast to Mission Bay: 600 16th Street - Genentech Hall, Room S261
Cost: Free and open to all! (no registration needed)

In 1994, the tenured women professors at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology presumed that their numbers were low for the reason everyone had accepted as fact: girls just don't like science.

They didn't realize there were inequities until they snuck around the nation's most prestigious institute of science, going office to office comparing how much space MIT awarded women with what men of equal status got. It was less by about half. So the women asked then Dean of Science, Robert Birgeneau, to establish a committee to analyze the status of women faculty relative to male faculty of comparable accomplishment. The committee, chaired by biology Professor Nancy Hopkins, provided evidence that women faculty had been marginalized, had experienced subtle gender bias that was accompanied by inequities in the distribution of resources and compensations, and were seriously under-represented in their departments and in the administration. In 1999 a summary of the committee's findings, endorsed by Birgeneau and by then President of MIT Charles Vest, was made public and came to be known as 'The MIT Report on Women in Science.' This report led to dramatic changes in the status of women faculty at MIT. Nancy Hopkins will talk about the changes that came about, how they were accomplished, and two remaining obstacles that she believes need to be removed if we wish to achieve a truly level playing field and attract more women into STEM fields.

Nancy Hopkins is the Amgen, Inc. Professor of biology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She obtained a Ph.D. from Harvard University working in the lab of Mark Ptashne, and was a postdoctoral fellow of James D. Watson and Robert Pollack at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. She joined the MIT faculty in 1974 and worked on mechanisms of leukemogenesis by RNA tumor viruses for 17 years then switched fields of research. Her lab developed retroviral-mediated insertional mutagenesis for the zebrafish and, used the technique to identify 25% of the genes required for a fertilized egg to develop into a free-swimming larva. Some of the genes identified predispose fish to cancer. Today Hopkins' lab focuses on using the zebrafish as a cancer model. In 1995 she was appointed Chair of the first Committee on Women Faculty in the School of Science at MIT and in 2000 she was appointed Co-Chair of the first Council on Faculty Diversity at MIT. She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and served on its Council.

Co-sponsored by the UCSF Student Activity Center and Women in Life Sciences.




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