Women's Engagement Board

The Women's Engagement Board (WEB) is comprised of students, post-docs, and staff. Through quarterly meetings, it endeavors to build leadership towards a more inclusive Caltech's campus. This group meets with the shared goal of influencing cultural change and improving the campus climate at Caltech.

The leadership that comprises this board includes:

CPA diversity Chair(s) & Social Chair(s)

Diversity in Chemistry Initiative (DICI)

GSC diversity chair & Advocacy

Towards a more inclusive Astronomy  (TaMIA)

Women in Chemistry (WIC)

Women in Computer and Mathematical Sciences (Women in CMS)

Women in Geosciences (WinGs)

Chen Institute of Women in Neuroscience (CIWIN)

Women in Mechanical and Civil Engineering (Women in MCE)

Women In PMA (WiPMA) 


Each women's specific group hosts their own array of events including; journal clubs, invited speaker time, professional development, and community-building events.


Year three this board meeting quarterly to gain professional development skills.

Fall: Facilitating Awesome Meetings
Winter: Leaving a Legacy

2017-2018 Women's Engagement Board

Year two this board went into each of their own areas of study to offer 10+ programs per quarter focused on women's experiences in STEM.  You can see in the quarterly CCD report a full list of workshops, mentoring, journals clubs etc. offered each quarter.

2016-2017 Inaugural Women's Engagement Board Year 1

This was the inaugural year of The Women's* Engagement Board (WEB). This group is a collaboration comprised of 15 women (1 postdoc, 6 grads, 2 undergrads, and 4 staff) to build a more inclusive environment for women at Caltech. 

We provide creative solutions for advocacy and programming so each person can succeed at Caltech and beyond by identifying blind spots, offering support and building life skills. 

The WEB was given professional development and produced events centered on teamwork, leadership, event planning, communication, goal setting and achievement, influencing the climate/culture of an organization, creative problem-solving, and results-driven investment in environments that foster diversity.

*We use an inclusive definition of "woman" and we welcome trans women, genderqueer women and non-binary people.

Professional development included:

Combatting Sexism in the work place and beyond

Building a Brand – Your own brand

Professionalism in Writing: The art of writing an Email

Reflections on your contributions to WEB and Campus

Events Included:

1/30 Valentine making for local assisted care living facility

3/2 Pursuing Graduate school and grad/undergrad dinner

3/15 Ignite Women in Academia

3/24 The Role of Leadership in the Journey to Gender Equality" Panel at JPL

5/19 Alumni Weekend Women's Lunch

6/2 Breaking Stereotypes: Mae Jemison teach in & Sci fi game night

6/13 Leading by Example: Creating Inclusive Classrooms

Thank you to the first board members: Abigail Crites, Alysha de Souza, Anvita Mishra, Catriona Blunt, Emily Wyatt, Erica Figueroa, Giuliana Viglione, Hye Joon Lee, Ivanna Escala, Jackie Gish, Jenn Weaver, Karla Hernandez, Linda Krippner, Nikita Sirohi, Priscilla Gubatan