WISE Events


WISE luncheons offer an opportunity for SF State faculty and staff to gather and discuss their experiences as women in STEM fields with each other and guest speakers

Upcoming Events

Women in Leadership Series (Speaker Panel)

Tuesday, April 07, 2020
Event Time and Location: 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm at Rosa Parks A-C - Cesar Chavez Student Center
Hosts: CSLD

Join the Women in Leadership Series speaker panel. This Series will address barriers that women may face in the workplace and provide support and resources to promote career advancement. No previous leadership or work experience required.

Food will be served at this workshop and offered on a first come, first served basis.

Event Link: https://sfsu.joinhandshake.com/events/401754/share_preview 

CSLD welcomes persons with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodations upon request. Please call (415) 338-1764 or email csld@sfsu.edu as soon as possible so arrangements can be made.

Past Events

SFSU NSF ADVANCE Faculty Service Survey Preliminary Results & Discussion

Monday, October 30, 2017
Time and Location: 12-2 pm – Faculty Commons (LIB 286)
Hosts: NSF ADVANCE Team - Sue Rosser, Carmen Domingo, Nancy Gerber, Diane Harris, and Sally Pasion

Lunch will be provided

WISE Lunch Break with VP of Finance Ann Sherman

Monday, October 02, 2017
Time and Location: 12 -2 pm (Lib 286)
Topic: Women in Leadership
Hosts: Darleen Franklin & Linda Chen, Department of Biology


Ann Sherman is Interim Vice President of Administration & Finance at San Francisco State University. She currently serves on the President’s Cabinet and provides wide-ranging direction and guidance for the campus according to strategic needs and CSU directives. She previously served as the Senior Associate Vice President for Human Resources, and former positions have included Director of Human Resources and Vice President of Business & Customer Support for Viasys Corp.

Lunch will be provided

WISE Lunch Break

Monday, September 18, 2017
Time and Location: 12:30 -2 pm (Blakeslee Room TH1001)
Topic: Welcome to FALL 2017! Faculty and staff luncheon
Hosts: Carmen Domingo, Interim COSE Dean, & Sally Pasion, Department of Biology


Lunch will be provided

WISE Journal Club March 14 2017

Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Hosts: Pleuni Pennings, Karen Crow, Jane DeWitt


Did you ever feel like your teaching evaluations are more negative than they should be? Turns out you are probably right. Recent research shows that female professors are rated more negatively than male professors. We would like to invite you to a journal club / lunch meeting to discuss papers on the issue of gender bias in teaching evaluations. We will also strategize together on how to change RTP policy in departments to reduce reliance on SETE as the only indication of effective teaching.

Lunch will be provided

WISE Luncheon with Dr. Beth Mitchneck,

Thursday, March 09, 2017

Check this Perspective from Science in 2016 -- A recipe for change: Creating a more inclusive academy

Dr. Beth Mitchneck

Thursday, March 09, 2017
Hosts: Sue Rosser, Chancellor’s Office

Dr. Mitchneck, from the University of Arizona, School of Geography and Development.

Winter Book Club – “Lab Girl” by Hope Jahren

Friday, January 27, 2017
Hosts: Brinda Govindan, Lecturer, Biology and Holly Harris, Lecturer, Biology


"Lab Girl" is the memoir of a geobiologist which seamlessly blends the story of her life and career along with the science of the plants and soil she studies. Her journey describes struggles with funding, politics, relationships, and manic depression. At its heart, this is an inspiring tale of self-discovery and resilience and a beautiful portrait of a scientific partnership.

Lunch will be provided

WISE Lunch Break Oct 24 2016

Monday, October 24, 2016
Hosts: Diane Harris, Psychology; Carmen Domingo, Megumi Fuse & Sally Pasion, Biology

WISE Guest Speaker: Dr. Carolyn Porco

Monday, April 18, 2016
Topic: “Enceladus, Saturn's Geysering Moon: An Abode of Life?”
Hosts: Adrienne Cool, Physics & Astronomy

Dr. Carolyn Porco is renowned for leading the imaging science team on the Cassini mission currently in orbit around Saturn. Dr. Porco met with SF State female scientists at the WISE luncheon, followed by coffee with WIPPA (Women in Physics and Astronomy student group) before meeting with select faculty. She presented her research to a packed audience before going for dinner with faculty.

WISE Guest Speaker: Jennifer Lea Lampton, Co-Founder of the Open Source software project Backdrop CMS

Tuesday, April 05, 2016
Topic: Open source software project
Hosts: Carmen Domingo, Biology & Susan Lea, Physics and Astronomy

Jennifer Lea Lampton, has been building websites since 1997, and participating in open-source web communities since 2006. She is a very active member in the Drupal community, serving as one of the lead organizers for the largest free Drupal event in the world, the Bay Area Drupal Camp (also known as BADCamp). Together with Nate "quicksketch" Haug, Jen has become one of the Co-Founders behind Backdrop CMS.  Backdrop aims to fill the gap between the Drupal and WordPress markets.