AAUW is now participating in a new NSF-fundedÂ grantÂ related to this topic of encouraging girls to pursue STEM careers.Â I was chosen asÂ one of twoÂ Regional Liaisons for the South Atlantic region (VA, WV, NC, SC, GA, FL, PR).Â Â (See Nancy’s post from 11/07/06 regarding the announcement of this new position.)Â Â Â
AAUW is partnering with the National Girls’ Collaborative Project, whichÂ is developing regional collaboratives across the country to help girl-serving organizations, education, business and industry work together to leverage resources and provide more opportunities for girls and young women in the STEM fields.Â Both AAUW and NGCP have a strong interest in advancing the cause of gender equity, making this a great partnership opportunity.
A majorÂ goal of the NGCP is to create connections between organizationsÂ and individuals interested in helping girls pursue STEM interests so that resources are better used andÂ outcomes of the programs (e.g.,Â more women pursuing STEMÂ careers)Â can be better tracked. Â Programs participating in the NGCP receive many benefits, includingÂ access to a directory of organizations with similar goals and the opportunity to apply for mini-grants to fund collaborative projects basec onÂ encouraging girls in STEM fields.Â
Further information can be found at http://www.pugetsoundcenter.org/ngcp/index.html.
One of the Lead Collaboratives for the South Atlantic region (NC, SC, and WV) is The Science House, located at North Carolina State University (http://www.science-house.org/).Â
All AAUW members can help make this project a success by directing interested organizations to register with the program directory at the NGCP website listed above.Â I look forward to working with you to ensure that girls are given the opportunities they deserve to pursue these rewarding STEM interests.Â The next newsletter will have moreÂ information on my interests in this field and how you can contact me to help out with this program.