Opening doors to satisfying careers, financial security, and diversity in the workplace
Historically women, and especially women of color, have been underrepresented in STEM industries. Exclusion from these high-wage jobs not only negatively impacts women and their families, this lack of diversity also hurts industries, as research indicates that organizations with gender and ethnic diversity enjoy greater profit margins. Your contribution can help to close the gender pay gap in our region.
The Girls in STEM initiative works towards:
- Creating an an inclusive environment though gender sensitivity training for all teachers and administrators who support and make educational decision for female students and girls-only STEM career information sessions will encourage girls to explore options in the fields in academic areas that are traditionally male dominated.
- Engaging girls in project-based curriculum through increased access to Makerspace and extra-curricular clubs, such as Robotics and Electric Girls to increase retention of female students in STEM concentrations through their high school years.
- Increasing relatable role mentorship opportunities by ensuring that girls are provided female mentors throughout their high school careers in student internships greatly increases the likelihood that a student will pursue that career. This is especially true when the students’ socioeconomics or ethnicities are underrepresented in a field.