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September 2012

STEM Conference Brings Together Alumni and Students

Students, industry professionals, alumni, staff and faculty gathered for the STEM in the City conference.

Female students studying in the science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) fields recently gathered with alumni and industry professionals for STEM in the City, a conference dedicated to career development for young women. Approximately 80 students, professionals, alumni, staff and faculty gathered to discuss topics such as networking, business etiquette, diversity in the workplace, pay equity and leadership. The conference was organized by the Carolyn Lipshy Galerstein Women’s Center, the UT Dallas chapter of Society of Women Engineers and the [email protected] affinity group at Ericsson.

"It was great to see women of all walks of life come together in networking and fellowship to share information," said Ade Omere, vice president of the UT Dallas chapter of Society of Women Engineers. "I learned so many tips from the professional women I visited with," she said.

Jane Shipman, a counselor at the UT Dallas Career Center, coached the group on networking and urged students to be persistent with their studies. “There should be a fresh audience of women in STEM every year that can be encouraged and inspired to pursue careers in STEM,” she said. “Hearing from other women who have found ways to balance career success, individual achievement and their personal lives could provide the boost someone needs to not give up or drop out.”

The next conference is slated for Spring 2013.

Volunteer Opportunities for Alumni

MentorNet pairs female students with professionals in their field. Register for MentorNet at mentornet.net/Mentor/ and please select a UT Dallas student.

SAFE ZONE supports lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered students, faculty and staff by providing a voluntary training program for all individuals who are committed to a safe and open-minded campus culture. The training provides a venue for people of different backgrounds, genders, and sexual orientation to educate and encourage dialogue in a safe environment. The next training will be held in October. Please call 972-883-6555 to register.

For more information on volunteer opportunities, please email the Galerstein Women’s Center at [email protected].

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