Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Acadia is a group of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to supporting and empowering girls and women who are interested or engaged in science or engineering related careers.
Established in 2014, the group has created and promoted mentoring and learning opportunities for Acadia faculty, staff, students and youth who identify as women. WISE Acadia’s priorities are related to mentoring, fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace, supporting programming for youth (e.g., science camps), and offering a course related to women in science & engineering for undergraduate students. WISE Acadia embraced a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) approach to teaching and learning in 2016. STEAM is an educational approach to teaching science, engineering and mathematics that harnesses key components of a liberal arts education (e.g., critical thinking, developing creative solutions to problems, highlighting how STEM knowledge is applied to the Arts, and vice versa) to build STEM knowledge. WISE has been supported in these endeavours by members of Acadia’s Women’s and Gender Studies Program.