The presence of gender bias, discrimination, and inequity in the workplace can discourage many women in STEM from pursuing their career aspirations. The NAVIGATE Project, a skills-based training program developed by faculty at the University at Buffalo and Cal Poly, aims to support women in STEM to navigate these challenging situations and persist in their careers, ultimately achieving leadership roles.
The program utilizes 10 case studies based on the real-life experiences of women in various professional settings and stages of their careers. Each case presents a challenging dilemma that participants analyze and develop practical and strategic responses to. By working through these cases, women in STEM can develop the critical thinking and problem-solving skills that will help them navigate power dynamics in the workplace and succeed in their careers. The NAVIGATE Project case studies were peer reviewed by an interdisciplinary group of researchers and scholars, including SWE’s Associate Director of Research, Dr. Roberta Rincon.
The case studies are available for free download on the NAVIGATE Project website and include detailed facilitation guides, discussion questions, and group activities. The NAVIGATE Project, which was made possible through funding from an NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) award in the Innovations of Graduate Education (IGE) Track, is suitable for both formal and informal training settings, and the cases can be used individually or as a series.
Link to the case studies: https://www.buffalo.edu/navigate-project/case-studies.html
This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1735143 and Grant No. 1735218. 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.