Silicon Valley Women’s Group (SVWG) and Retreat Program for Women in Academics
Institute for Social Responsibility, Ethics and Education (ISREE)
Women in Religion, Ethics and the Sciences (WiRES)
San Jose, California
Two programs are planned in this innovative initiative to bring together professional women in unique opportunities for discussion and mutual insight. The first, aimed at the wide array of local women in scientific industry in the Silicon Valley area meeting once per month to discuss the personal faith issues arising from the work that they do, with the aim to “provide a space for spiritual growth and intellectual stimulation”. The second arm of the project brings together women academics from religion, ethics, and the sciences as well as those from industry, in a shared yearly retreat aimed at providing a safe space for scientists to explore their religious commitments and for women in religion to increase their understanding of scientific issues. Future goals include expansion of programming to include several different groups, addressing various issues of concern with the ultimate aim of coming together on a national level. Matching funds are provided by the Institute for Social Responsibility, Ethics and Education (ISREE).