The Women Scientists and Engineers Council (WSEC) at Berkeley Lab was founded in 2008. The council advocates for career development and work-life balance for women. Anyone (including men) who advocates for women in the sciences can become a member. Ongoing throughout the year, WSEC holds events and contributes to lab-wide efforts.
“As division representatives, we serve on different subcommittees of WSEC, and participate in executive board meetings to communicate any concerns,” said Deng, who serves as co-chair of the WSEC empowerment committee. “We also attend division council meetings to provide updates from WSEC.”
Members of the empowerment committee are currently working to organize the [email protected] events and workshops on topics including negotiation.
Kuo, who serves on the WESC Policy committee, said that the WESC policy chairs recently discussed with division directors the importance of ultimately obtaining some data to help us better understand some of the issues related to career advancement: for example, does it take women longer than men to get promoted to senior scientist?
If you would like to participate in WESC, or if you have questions about the work that it does, please reach out to Hang or Chaincy.