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What is WISELI?

The Women in Science & Engineering Leadership Institute (WISELI) is a research center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. WISELI was formed in 2002 with funding from the National Science Foundation’s ADVANCE: Institutional Transformation program. The center is currently funded with a combination of: contributions from eight UW-Madison schools, colleges, or units; grant funding from national scientific funding agencies; gift funds; and funds earned through WISELI’s income-generating activities.

WISELI’s mission is to increase the representation, advancement, and satisfaction of women faculty and members of groups currently underrepresented on the faculty and in leadership at UW-Madison. WISELI serves as a visible, campus-wide research center, endorsed by top-level administrators, that uses UW-Madison as a "living laboratory” to study gender equity, diversity, and climate; implement evidence-based solutions; and measure success.

To learn more about WISELI, we invite you to explore our website or contact us.

WISELI also disseminates “best practices” in gender equity programming and measurement. Our workshops and materials are in demand by colleges and universities nationally and internationally.