The University of Wisconsin-Madison Inclusion in Science & Engineering Leadership Institute (WISELI) is a research center at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. WISELI’s vision is to increase the representation, advancement, and workplace satisfaction of women, gender minorities, and/or members of groups currently underrepresented on the faculty and in leadership at UW–Madison. WISELI serves as a visible, campus-wide research center, endorsed by top-level administrators, that uses UW–Madison as a “living laboratory” to study gender equity, diversity, and climate; implement evidence-based solutions; and measure success.

WISELI was formed in 2002 with funding from the National Science Foundation’s ADVANCE Institutional Transformation program. The center has been funded with a combination of: funding from the UW–Madison campus, contributions from seven UW–Madison schools, colleges, or units; grant funding from national scientific funding agencies; gift funds; and funds earned through WISELI’s income-generating activities.

WISELI disseminates effective programming, resources, and measurement instruments. Our workshops and materials are in demand by colleges and universities nationally and internationally. Read more about WISELI in the news here.

Who we are


Erika Marín-Spiotta

Credentials: PhD

Position title: Co-Director, WISELI / Professor of Geography

Email: marinspiotta@wisc.edu

Phone: 608/262-1855

Amy Wendt

Credentials: PhD

Position title: Co-Director, WISELI / Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Email: wendt@engr.wisc.edu

Phone: 608-262-8407


Dessie Lee Clark

Credentials: PhD

Position title: Director of Curriculum Development & Implementation, WISELI

Email: dlclark4@wisc.edu

Phone: 608-265-0001

Jennifer Sheridan

Credentials: PhD

Position title: Executive & Research Director, WISELI

Email: jennifer.sheridan@wisc.edu

Phone: 608-263-1445


Christine Bell

Credentials: MS

Position title: Evaluation Director

Email: christine.fabian@wisc.edu

Phone: 608/890-3725

Christine Pribbenow

Credentials: PhD

Position title: Evaluator

Email: christine.pribbenow@wisc.edu

Phone: 608/263-4256

WISELI Past Directors & Staff

Molly Carnes

Credentials: MD, MS

Position title: Co-Director, WISELI / Professor, Departments of Medicine, Psychiatry, and Industrial & Systems Engineering / Director, UW Center for Women's Health Research

Email: mlcarnes@wisc.edu

Phone: 608-263-9770

Eve Fine

Credentials: PhD

Position title: Distinguished Scientist, Director of Curriculum Development & Implementation, WISELI

Email: efine@wisc.edu

Phone: 608-263-1196

Jo Handelsman

Credentials: PhD

Position title: WID Director

WISELI is funded by the University of Wisconsin–‍Madison…