Successful 2nd Annual WCIS Reception
The 2018-2019 season has been a busy one for WCIS! Following the great interest at the inaugural event in Toronto in April of 2018, the WCIS committee has put together awareness and education programming to help address the ongoing gender disparity in the sciences and to offer training and support to ALL who are interested.
Our first round of Women Pioneers in Immunology has set the pace for establishing role models in our community for young immunologists. We featured seven amazing scientists who have been integral in moving forward the field of immunology and who continue to serve as examples of how to carve your niche in our scientific environment. We hope to continue this feature with updates yearly based on recommendations from CIS members.
We have partnered with the Mentorship initiative of the CIS this year and have encouraged all those who are interested to become a mentor or mentee for advice, support, and connections. Many of our members clearly do this within their own institutions as well, but the targeted support which is given through CIS is invaluable.
Our second annual reception for WCIS was well received, with over 200 people in attendance! It is most certainly a testament to the supportive and forward-thinking environment which CIS offers. Dr. Laura Castillo-Page from the AAMC discussed Implicit Bias and Diversity in Academics; some of the resources from this talk can be found here.
In the coming year, our projects include creating a database of available speakers for utilization by organizations outside the Immunology community, programming for mentorship training, as well as addressing the timely issue of resilience and burnout in the sciences. If you have any specific ideas for initiatives for WCIS, please contact us to discuss them!
Finally, we are pleased to announce our upcoming Leadership Webinar on June 4th organized in partnership with the Early Career Immunologists to focus on Negotiating, Team Building, and Time Management. We look forward this and many more great programs in the near future.
Victoria Dimitriades and Alexandra Freeman
Co-Chairs, Women in Clinical Immunology Sciences committee