The #3Wedu Conversation: Challenging Barriers for Women Who Innovate
Concurrent Session 1
This session will provide a forum for all conference participants to engage in a meaningful conversation about ways women are innovating in academia; why it is important for them to be part of the conversation, and ways women’s ideas can be heard at all levels of the innovative organization.
This session will provide a forum for all conference participants to engage in a meaningful conversation about ways women innovating in academia; why it is important for their voice to be a part of the conversation and ways women’s ideas can be heard at all levels of the organization.
For well over 20 years researchers and practitioners have been trying to address the barriers women face in the workplace. There have been no shortage of articles written and programs created, yet this continues to be a major issue. Some women are speaking out and discussing their success and what they owe to their success. Other women are sharing their struggles in the workplace related to harassment, Imposter Syndrome (Cohen, 2015), the value of care work, and not having their voice heard. If it from these stories we try to glean nuggets of information that will help us understand what is still needed. Yet these stories only represent a small number of women and we know that “opportunities, and that they hold back because of concerns about how professional positions might affect future life choices” (Ward & Eddy, 2013).
In #3Wedu discussions, we facilitate conversations around identity; gender barriers; mentoring; and empowerment. Before we create a solution such as another program and/or enter an agreement with another vendor we need to truly understand the point of view and “what it is all about?” For this proposal, we want to encourage facilitated group discussions to provide guidance for creating a program and/or strategy that will be used to solve the problem.
What does it mean to be a woman in the age of innovation and digital identity?
What are the strategies women in higher ed need to consider when it comes to being heard in the digital age?
As innovators in the field, what challenges have you encountered when it comes to getting women's voices heard? What strategies were used to overcome those challenges?
How can we, as a group, identify and alleviate the barriers we see for female innovators?
To create a space where women can talk in their authentic voice and share their stories so that we can better understand their needs (what is it they are trying to do or want to do), what they feel, their values. Insights-new learnings about women’s feelings/worldview that can be leveraged in the design of programs for women in higher ed.
At the end of this session participants will be able to:
Outline the experiences and pain points of other women
Identify the needs, tensions and conflicts are and how to interpret that into a meaningful solution
Describe how support models for women might be reimagined
Brainstorm possible support model prototypes
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Ward, K., & Eddy, P. L. (2013, December 9). Women and academic leadership: Leaning out. The Chronicle of Higher Education. Retrieved from http://chronicle.com/article/WomenAcademic-Leadership-/143503/
Young, J. (2015, October 15). The tech talent wars and #WomenInTech. EDUCAUSE Review. Retrieved from http://er.educause.edu/articles/2015/10/the-tech-talent-wars-and-womenintech