Inclusive. United. Whole.

What is WISDOM?

Women in Science Deserve Opportunities and Mentoring (WISDOM) is a grassroots initiative that was created in 2012 with the mission and purpose of supporting and advancing UNC women postdoctoral fellows and faculty across all scientific disciplines. With over 80 members, we continuously strive for diversity and welcome new members from across UNC’s campus.

WISDOM is lead by Susan Girdler, Ph.D., FABMR and co-lead by Crystal Schiller, Ph.D.,     Christine Peat, Ph.D., Zoe McElligott, Ph.D., and Stephanie Zerwas, Ph.D.

Why join WISDOM?

Are you a female who is up-and-coming in the world of academia? Do you have questions or concerns surrounding female leadership development, career-life balance, promotion and retention of female faculty, and gender disparities? Join WISDOM for answers, support, and mentoring from women who have walked those same steps.

WISDOM’s Upcoming Events


We are so fortunate to have Deans Joanne Jordan (Executive Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Leadership Development), Wesley Burks (Executive Dean for UNC’s SOM), and Paul Godley (Vice Dean for Diversity and Inclusion) serve as panelists for our May 1st spring luncheon on equity and inclusion.

When: May 1st, 11:30am-1pm

Where: Sanofi-Aventis Conference Room, Cancer Hospital

11:30am-12pm – Lunch/Networking
12-1pm – Panel discussion

Please RSVP to Erica Nouri (erica_nouri@med.unc.edu) by Monday, April 3rd.

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