Committee Accomplishments and Members
WISMAC has been actively involved in initiatives to improve campus safety because this is a major concern to women working in the evening and on weekends. We are pleased that the North Campus is a locked-down facility after regular hours with access allowed by a university-issued identification badge. All buildings on South Campus are locked after regular business hours, on weekends and holidays. Card readers are located at specific sites to allow access.
WISMAC actively gathered information and presented a report encouraging the administration to develop on-campus child care. We are pleased that the administration made child care a priority by entering agreements with UT Dallas Callier Center (adjacent to south campus) and First Step Learning Centre (on north campus) to provide child care and education.
Facilities for Nursing Mothers
WISMAC has requested space and established lactation rooms for UT Southwestern women.
Mentoring and Networking Program
This initiative is aimed at retaining female faculty. In 2003, we began recruiting senior female faculty to serve as mentors and we connected them with new female faculty. While mentoring and networking should be occurring routinely within each department, our program is specifically intended to supplement this with sources of information and support from a female outside the department. For information on this program, please contact Dr. Carole Mendelson via email.
Science Teacher Access to Resources at Southwestern
WISMAC collaborates annually with the Science Teacher Access to Resources at Southwestern (STARS) program to present a symposium on careers in science and medicine to science teachers and their selected female junior and high school students. WISMAC and STARS have also recruited students to represent UT Southwestern Medical Center and sponsored a table at the career event called "Girl's Night Out" organized by the Alliance for Technology and Women.
WISMAC has sponsored receptions and symposia on a variety of topics. Since 2004, these events have focused on career development.
Each year WISMAC selects and hosts an outstanding female scientist/physician to visit UT Southwestern for a two-day professorship. The Southwestern Medical Foundation sponsors this event, which promotes the accomplishments of women in science and medicine and provides inspiration to our junior faculty and trainees. Our visiting professor meets with individuals and with diverse groups on campus and presents the University Lecture.