AAUW Awards Campus Action Project Grant to DSU
Dakota State University has been awarded a 2010-11 Campus Action Project (CAP) grant from AAUW for Women in Science and Technology – Career Day - Campus Action Project 2011, which will break through the barriers to entering and staying in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields faced by women and girls.
This project is a continuation of an initiative started last year with an AAUW CAP grant. The Dakota State University CAP team aims to increase awareness of STEM career opportunities in Women in Science and Technology and in local middle and high school students through participating in Women in Science and Technology Career Day, establishing mentoring relationships between WIST students and area middle and high school students, and inviting speakers and offering field trips promoting STEM careers to women students on their campus.
Each year, AAUW selects a project topic based on our mission statement. The 2010-11 CAP teams will focus on the issues raised by AAUW's 2010 research report, Why So Few? Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, which highlights key findings from recent research on women and girls in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in three areas: middle and high school, college and university, and the workplace.
AAUW picked just 11 teams from around the country to implement projects. The selected projects focus on mentoring and on exposing some of the barriers that girls experience in math and science, as well as on networking and professional development to retain college women in math, science, engineering, and technology fields.
"AAUW is breaking through educational barriers so that all women and girls have a fair chance, and that is exactly what the CAP teams selected this year are doing in their communities," said Kate C. Farrar, director of AAUW's leadership programs. "Our teams are increasing the number of young women in these critical fields by addressing the barriers women face in school, college, and the workplace."
One member from each CAP team will present the project at the June 2-4, 2011, AAUW / NASPA National Conference for College Women Student Leaders at the University of Maryland, College Park. The conference helps young women connect with other students and successful women while honing their leadership skills for their work on campus and in their communities.
AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, and research. Since 1881, AAUW has been one of the nation's leading voices promoting education and equity for women and girls. AAUW has a nationwide network of nearly 100,000 members, 1,000 branches, and 500 college/university institutional partners. Since AAUW's founding more than 128 years ago, members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day — educational, social, economic, and political. AAUW's commitment to educational equity is reflected in its public policy advocacy, community programs, leadership development, conventions and conferences, national partnerships, and international connections.
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