Events Encourage Women, Hispanic Students to Seek STEM Careers

Dec. 12, 2012

Marsha Clark, a leadership development and executive coach consultant

Marsha Clark, a leadership development and executive coach consultant, was keynote speaker at a recent STEM event.

Two recent events demonstrated the University’s commitment to encouraging women and underrepresented groups to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The Galerstein Women’s Center recently invited industry professionals to campus to encourage women to seek opportunities in STEM fields.

The event, titled “Powerful Women Are…Leadership Dialogues Across Workplace and Study Space,” was developed as part of the SAWS Initiative (Support and Advancement of Women in STEM).

Representatives from Texas Instruments, Mary Kay, Ericsson, and Marsha Clark and Associates met with students about developing individual leadership skills, finding mentors and role models, as well as roadblocks and successes.

As keynote speaker, Marsha Clark, a leadership development and executive coach consultant, discussed the concept of power and spoke to the audience about developing insights into their own abilities. 

Area professionals on campus to encourage women to seek opportunities in STEM fields.

The Women's Center recently hosted an event that encouraged women to seek opportunities in STEM fields.

“The session was highly interactive and allowed women to share information, opening up new possibilities around optimizing their power,” said Lauren DeCillis, director of the Women’s Center. “Clark’s presentation led students to discover the many sources of power which can stem from their own experiences, or those of other women.”

The event was the first of a three-part series. Future topics include “Women Don’t Ask: How We Give Away Our Power” and “Invisible Differences.”  The next event is scheduled for March 21.  Please contact the Women’s Center at 972-883-6557 or womenscenter@utdallas.edu for more information. 

The UT Dallas Women’s Center is housed within the Office of Diversity and Community Engagement.

That office, along with the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, also recently hosted the annual Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers Pre-College Symposium.

High school and middle school students from across the nation came to UT Dallas for workshops on career opportunities in STEM fields.

High school and middle school students from across the nation came to UT Dallas for workshops on career opportunities in STEM fields.

More than 600 students from high schools and middle schools from across the nation came to UT Dallas for workshops on financial aid, SAT/ACT test prep and college admissions. Students also attended workshops on career opportunities in STEM fields.

“Hosting the symposia is a great opportunity for middle and high school students to learn more about the impact of science and engineering on their lives. They had the opportunity to see new technology, learn about pursuing a college degree and meet professionals who are passionate about their fields,” said Raul Hinojosa, director of community engagement at UT Dallas.

“These types of community partnerships are important in helping spark the interest of diverse groups of young people to pursue careers in STEM fields where we face critical shortages. At the same time, the students have the opportunity to see the great opportunities available at UT Dallas to pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees.”


Media Contact: Chaz Lilly, UT Dallas, (972) 883-2155, cll093020@utdallas.edu
or the Office of Media Relations, UT Dallas, (972) 883-2155, newscenter@utdallas.edu
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