July 2020 Newsletter
2020 - 2021 Leadership Team
We would like to welcome our new leadership team, thank you all for giving your time and talent to WEPAN!

  • President - Dr. Sheila Ross
  • President-Elect - Dr. Sonya Smith
  • Past-President - Lee Ann Cochran
  • Secretary - Gretchen Rivas
  • Treasurer - Dr. Deborah Trytten
Past President's Message
Thank you for providing me the opportunity to serve WEPAN this past year. With the exceptional thought leadership in the WEPAN community, I learned more than I can ever hope to give back to WEPAN. Thank you to our members and leaders for asking the hard questions, challenging old assumptions and driving us ahead.

We are at an inflection point in our country and WEPAN is well positioned to use our collective voice to drive change. Thank you to our Board and Past Presidents for all your work. I will forever be grateful.

Lee Ann Cochran,
Past-President and Interim Executive Director, WEPAN
Opportunity to Drive Change
Executive Director Search

The WEPAN Executive Director is responsible for providing leadership, setting direction and proving guidance for WEPAN’s activities, members, and member organizations. 

Our board has established an Executive Director Search Committee to bring on an Executive Director to lead us into our next 20 years!

The Executive Director acts as a thought leader, works collaboratively, thinks strategically, and is fiscally responsible to ensure long-term success of the organization.

Learn more about the role and search here .
Thank You for Your Service!
WEPAN would like to thank our Board Members that have completed their service and will be ending their board terms. Thank you for provided WEPAN with your time and talent over the last few years!
  • Dr. Linda Katehi
  • Lora Leigh Chrystal
  • Laura Bistrek
  • Dr. Rhonda Franklin
  • Dr. Lance Pérez
  • Dr. Leonard Bohmann

Register Today

CoNECD Workshop:
Speaking Up: How Bystanders
can Change the Conversation in STEMM

Sunday, 24 January 2021
2 - 5:00 PM
Location: Washington, DC


Have you ever witnessed social bias — a stereotype,
a prejudice or discrimination, and wondered,
“Why didn’t I say something?”

Deciding whether and how to respond to bias is complicated. Understanding what motivates us to speak up, the challenges we face when doing so, and strategies for effectively responding to bias can help bystanders better evaluate their options.

Membership Town Hall

July 15, 2020
1:00 PM EDT


Join Dr. Sheila Ross and Lee Ann Cochran
for this year's WEPAN Town Hall. We have had an impactful year and are looking forward to celebrating our 30th Anniversary as we move into this year!

  • WEPAN year in review
  • 2020 WEPAN Award Winners
  • Upcoming Events
  • Future Outlook

Looking to connect with WEPAN members about what's going right, what's going, well going, or have an opportunity to share? We've got an app for that!

WEPAN is launching a Slack channel to drive engagement and communication across our membership .

While the WEPAN listserv has a long history, searching it is another matter. Slack makes it easy to participate and view conversations.

Please join us to drive that connectivity across our membership during a critical time for connection.

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