WESTEM, is an Erasmus+ project to increase the awareness of the gender gap in the areas of Science and Technology. It is mainly focused on creating a platform for empowering young women to take the steps into the STEM-field.
Disproportions of representation of women in STEM, as other inequalities, affect overall economic growth in many countries, in addition to difficult social issues it entails, as the Global Sustainable Development Report (2019) acknowledges, based on robust empirical evidence.
The STEM Gap is not easy to tackle, and requires sustainable strategies for long term impact. In WESTEM, the intention is to set the tone for such a path, through meaningful support and services.
The following concrete objectives are envisaged in WESTEM:
Enable opportunities for girls and women to gain the skills and confidence to succeed in STEM.
Develop a self-assessment tool for assessing HEIs faculty readiness in promoting participation of women in STEM fields of study
Develop and apply suitable professional development and training to faculty to promote inclusive STEM education and support for women coming from marginalised backgrounds.
Attract, recruit and retain women into STEM majors and fields in colleges and universities through dedicated role model mentoring schemes.
University of Thessaly is leading this project result
Develop a self-assessment tool for assessing HEIs faculty readiness in promoting participation of women in STEM fields of study. The development and implementation of the tool, follows the conceptualisation process of the DigCompEdu Check in self-assessment tool for assessing educators' digital competences.
The intention through this project result is to assess how HEI faculty teaching STEM disciplines and their administrative staff addresses women participation and completion of STEM courses. Assessment tools support awareness development, evaluation or certification of the level of a given competence of an individual or organisation. ‘Self- assessment’ refers to the user perceiving its digital competence on its own, i.e. a subjective dimension is added
WESTEM INCLUSIVE INSTRUCTION TOOLKIT
SYNTHESIS Center is leading this project result.
The WESTEM Consortium intends to create a comprehensive toolkit, including a suite of 20 learning resources, consisting of systematic and inclusive educational scenarios to support HEI faculty towards more inclusive tertiary education STEM courses to encourage girls to study and complete STEM subjects.
The intention is not only to consider gender aspects, but also consideration of the profiles of students in terms of their cultural and socio-economic background - women from marginalised backgrounds are even less likely to pursue Higher Education studies and in particular STEM disciplines.
MENTORS - ROLE MODELS ACADEMY
KC Kompetenscenter is leading this project result.
Development of role model mentoring programme for girls and women to encourage them to pursue STEM fields of study and occupations, using successful women examples in STEM related careers.
In response to an identified gap in role models for girls in STEM fields, this project result refers to showcasing the portraits of women from different cultural and socio-economic backgrounds developed almost from the onset of the project. Mentors in WESTEM have a critical role to play