Advancing Young Girls by Dr. Veronica Sosa-Gonzalez
If we want to build the capacity for scientific solutions that address the needs of all Vermonters then we must encourage the voices of under-represented groups to join the conversation. Having more scientifically trained people in Vermont, no matter what career pathway they take, is incredibly important for our state’s economic future. Even if we can’t see it, science is built into practically everything we do: from the decisions we make to the products we use. We strive to enrich our story by offering opportunities to those groups who have been traditionally underrepresented in these areas by connecting more students of different genders, races, ethnicities, and socio-economic positions, to career pathways in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).
VT EPSCoR Center for Workforce Development & Diversity (CWDD) supports Vermont Works for Women (VWW) because they provide middle school girls with opportunities to explore their interests in STEM areas through engaging and innovative workshops. VT EPSCoR CWDD provides funding for scholarships to make it possible for more girls and economically disadvantaged students to attend their STEM and trades camp called Rosie’s Girls. These camps help young girls envision a future in STEM by introducing them to important skill-building activities and interact with women mentors in what are often perceived as non-traditional careers. Supporting the opportunity for the advancement of young girls, in fields traditionally under-represented in STEM, is an investment in our state’s competitive future.
-Dr. Veronica Sosa-Gonzalez, Coordinator of the VT EPSCoR Center for Workforce Development & Diversity at Saint Michael’s College (CWDD)