Structure and Resources:
WISE was designed as a peer community without a hierarchical structure. The chair (or co-chairs) organizes monthly meetings, but programming is determined through community consensus. Members of the WISE community volunteer to lead individual projects or organize specific events. The Office of the Provost provided $3000 a year for WISE activities from 2000-2003. Since 2003, the WISE group has worked collaboratively with the ADVANCE Program, the Faculty Development Center and STEM departments to support programming and speakers. In order to ensure sustainability, the Center for Women and Information Technology (CWIT) will house and provide basic infrastructure support for the WISE group after the final year of NSF funding for ADVANCE in 2009. WISE will continue to operate as an independent grassroots organization.