Advancing an inclusive innovation community

Marquette University was a pioneer among Catholic universities world-wide when it admitted women to study alongside men in its undergraduate programs over a century ago. While over half of the undergraduate students today are women, at the faculty level, women comprise just over one-third of the regular (tenured and tenure-track) faculty.

As the university increasingly focuses on innovation, it is critical that we engage and draw from all of our talent. Various metrics for women’s participation in innovation and entrepreneurial activities indicate female faculty, students, and staff are participating in innovation activities and opportunities at a lower rate compared to men. At this critical junction, Marquette University clearly needs to develop novel ways to build an innovation culture among women in all parts of the university community.

The Marquette University Women’s Innovation Network (MU-WIN) will create a comprehensive network designed to support women, and others currently under-represented in innovation and entrepreneurship activities, as innovators and leaders. One of the unique features of the network will be the vertical and horizontal integration to create institutional change. The network will link students, faculty, and staff on campus. It will also extend beyond the university boundaries to connect with local and national professional organizations for women as well as with our women alumni.

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