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Until further notice, the University of Arizona, in accordance with the guidelines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, encourages all employees to work remotely. Our offices are closed to the public, but you can reach the Southwest Institute for Research on Women (SIROW), Monday–Friday 8am-5pm:

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 Current Projects

Diving into Task Assignment Bias

Contact: Jill Williams (

Diving into Task Assignment Bias is a project aiming to develop, implement, and evaluate an intervention aimed at reducing gender-based disparities in the Marine Advanced Technology Education remotely operated vehicle program.


Women in Science and Engineering: WISE

Contact: Jill Williams, PhD  (

The Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) program focuses on K-12, undergraduate, and graduate outreach and activities programs for students in the STEM fields. The Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) program was established at the University of Arizona in 1976 as part of the Women's Studies Department and the Southwest Institute for Research on Women.

Bio/Diversity Project: Culturally-relevant and place-based environmental science program aimed at fostering diversity in the environmental sciences; partner organizations: the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum and Friends of Saguaro National Park. 

Women in STEM Panel Series: Formerly called STEM Pipeline Mentorship Program) (Mentorship program for women in high school through graduate school who are pursuing STEM fields.

Women in STEM Student Council (WiSSC): A University-wide initiative to provide communication and coherence amongst existing student groups, STEM departments, and campus administrators committed to fostering more diverse and inclusive STEM environments on campus.

Sociopolitical Praxis in Environmental Science Education: A collaborative research project to examine social justice based approaches to science education in public school environments.

UA—Girls Who Code Club: A weekly club aimed fostering skill development and interest among girls in computer science and technology.

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Completed Projects

iSTEM Project

Contact Sally Stevens ( and Rosi Andrade (

Funder: National Science Foundation PIs: Sally Stevens & Rosi Andrade, University of Arizona SIROW Collaborators: Strengthbuilding Partners; Hohokam Middle School; Lawrence Intermediate School; Pascua Yaqui Tribe SIROW and its partners are currently working with over 30, 3rd-8th grade students in a program that combines one-on-one mentoring with science and engineering exploration in two Tucson area schools. In the summer of 2012, the NSF funded, i-STEM Project, was launched with the goal of designing, implementing and evaluating an innovative model for engaging underrepresented students, specifically Native Americans and Hispanic youth, in science, technology, engineering and math. Undergraduate and graduate UA students, including GWS grad students are volunteering as mentors to Yaqui youth as they work on hands on inquiry-based science related activities. The experiences, products, and information that will emerge from the i-STEM project will yield new avenues for community partnerships and suggest new strategies for increasing and diversifying STEM participation in our community, specifically among underrepresented groups. Throughout all of the phases of the project new information will be shared with participants, educators, scholars and anyone interested in creating meaningful, engaging science experiences and programs for underrepresented youth, specifically Native American and Hispanic youth. Please check the SIROW website ( for updates, products, curriculum and other information.

To view the iSTEM Mentoring Manual click HERE.
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Love Maps for Middleschoolers

Contact: Sally Stevens (

Funded by the University of California Humanities Research Institute. This project aimed to engage middle school students in digital activism for social justice. Primarily working with girls and communities of color, our Saturday workshops offered middle school students an opportunity to collaborate, produce, and use a geographic information system (GIS) social application that enabled them to locate, follow, and learn from positive examples of social justice. Focusing on the UA compus, specifically the Women's Plaza of Honor, LoveMaps engaged youth in both technology and activism - fostering lifelong engagement and community identity.

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Service Equity Among Female Faculty in STEM

Contact: Sally Stevens (

This research project used online surveys and follow-up interviews to examine the perception of service load equity, relative effort, and perceived value of service work of female and male faculty members across three STEM departments at the UA.  The departments include: 1) The Department Electrical and Computing Engineering in the College of Engineering, 2) The Department of Geography and Regional Development in Social and Behavioral Sciences, and 3) Molecular and Cellular Biology in the College of Science.  These departments were chosen to represent the diversity of STEM fields, including social science, life science, and engineering, as well as to reflect a variance of female faculty representation across three Colleges.  This project was funded by UA Advance.



The UA-ADVANCED Program: Eradicating Subtle Discrimination in the Academy

Contact: Sally Stevens (

The goal of the UA-ADVANCED Program was to increase the participation of women in the scientific and engineering workforce through the increased representation and advancement of women in academic scientific and engineering careers.  The award allowed the UA to build on more than a decade of intensive work at the UA to identify and address equity issues for faculty.  UA-ADVANCED had three major themes: (1) fostering the scientific and leadership careers of women, (2) promoting responsibility for equity among faculty and administrators, and (3) equipping the institution for sustainable transformation.  The program, focused in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) areas, initiated a series of activities including distinguished lectureships, interdisciplinary grant competitions, education on the role that subtle discrimination and unconscious bias plays in the hiring, promotion, and retention of tenure-track faculty, and developed a unique software program to promote more equitable decision-making in the university environment.  In addition to these activities, UA-ADVANCED has a significant research component focused on the issue of gender equity in the academy.  While each of the three Workgroups included in UA-ADVANCED have an internal evaluation component, SIROW served as the “external evaluator” complimenting the evaluations conducted by the workgroups.  UA-ADVANCED was funded by the National Science Foundation.




Contact: Sally Stevens (

Project FUTUREBOUND: Identification Of Effective Strategies To Increase Placement And Success Of Women In Science And Engineering (Special Focus: Minority Women), was a collaborative project involving SIROW and Pima Community College (PCC). FUTUREBOUND aimed to significantly increase the enrollment, retention, and success rate of women, particularly of minority women, who initiate their studies at PCC and transfer to the UA in tracks leading to a Bachelors of Science degree or a graduate degree in astronomy, non-health related biosciences, chemistry, physics, technology and engineering-related fields.  Mexican American and American Indian students made up a substantial portion of the target population.  The joint PCC/UA program offered career workshops at PCC and a year-long research internship after transferring to the UA.  Upon transfer to the UA as a junior, the student had a choice of diverse research experiences from laboratory work on genetics to fieldwork in local desert habitats.  A research seminar course taught students to present scientific research in oral and poster format, and provided an opportunity to share their research experience with other transfer students in the program.  Workshop, mentoring and career seminars helped to guide participants towards a successful transfer experience at the UA.  In addition, participants gained the experience needed to apply for other in-depth research programs at the UA as well as graduate programs in the sciences and engineering.  Futurebound convened a conference entitled Shared Journeys: Empowering Futurebound Communities, Past, Present, and Future at the UA for university and community college representatives and for Futurebound alumnae.  Futurebound was funded by the National Science Foundation.

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