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WISE Program Highlighted in #HeForShe Report


Marking the fifth anniversary of the HeForShe movement, the United Nations has released its 2019 Impact Report charting progress in gender equality worldwide.

Featured in the report is recent graduate Kerris Moore, who describes how Stony Brook’s Women in Science and Engineering program opens doors for women in the STEM fields.

Kerris Moore

“I really appreciated the unique WISE curriculum, the first of its kind in the country, with its focus on academics, research, service learning and leadership coupled with key soft skills that truly set Stony Brook’s program apart from all others and provided an integrated learning experience,” Moore said.

Created by UN Women, the United Nations entity for gender equality and the empowerment of women, the HeForShe solidarity movement for gender equality provides a systematic approach and targeted platform on which men and boys can engage and become change agents towards the achievement of gender equality.

Stony Brook is one of 10 universities around the world — and only two in the United States — that have committed to the United Nations Women’s HeForShe movement to take bold game-changing action to achieve gender equality within and beyond their institutions.

Interim President Michael A. Bernstein is also quoted in the report.

“We educate our students to become culturally competent global citizens and leaders,” Berstein said. “Our work in attracting, retaining, and supporting women in STEM fields is scalable, and is significant for the advancement of scientific research, the development of solutions to pressing social problems, and for our students themselves.”

Stony Brook’s WISE program seeks to increase the number of women in science, math and engineering fields through outreach, recruitment and retention efforts. Combining the vast resources of a major university with the close bonds of a small community, the WISE College Program enables undergraduate women to work closely with peers and faculty to form friendships and to achieve a solid background in their field. The WISE Precollege Program reaches out to local schools to inspire young women to choose to pursue science math and engineering degrees.

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