Douglass Residential College, the women’s college at Rutgers-New Brunswick, held the Summit on June 6-8, 2019 with a focus on the recruitment and retention of undergraduates and women in STEM fields, with a particular focus on women of color. Douglass has a historic strength in expanding the representation of undergraduate women in science, engineering, and technology through its Douglass Project for Rutgers Women in STEM. Founded in 1986, the Douglass Project serves thousands of students each year in programs for research, living-learning communities for women in computer science, engineering, and medicine, a STEM-only women’s residence hall, and corporate and alumnae mentoring.
The undergraduate Summit activities included formal talks offered by leading national experts provided formal talks on on diversifying the STEM talent pool, cross-institution working group sessions, networking, reflections of undergraduate students on their pathway, and discussion of best practices at each participating school. The content focuses on three themes: 1. Best practices for and new research on the recruitment and retention of undergraduate women in STEM fields; 2. Best practices for and new research on the recruitment and retention of undergraduate women of color; and 3. Best practices in program goal setting and evaluation.
The Summit was sponsored by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Rutgers University—New Brunswick, Office of the Chancellor, Rutgers University Office of Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Rutgers University School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University School of Engineering, and Rutgers University School of Environmental and Biological Sciences.
Partial support for this work was provided by the National Science Foundation's Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE) program under Award No. 1927702. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.