Empowering African American Women in STEM (AAWiSTEM) has been one of the Madame Chair Wood’s vision this year. The goal is to address today’s challenges AAWiSTEM face.
“NSBE can be a strong force in getting more girls and women of African descent to be interested in and remain in STEM fields. Our support can be the example for women of all ethnicities to increase their representation. Specifically, we want our organization to lead the effort to close the gap between the number of girls and the number of boys who are interested in STEM before they enter college. We want the collegiate women to graduate, remain in the STEM workforce and be empowered to get higher positions in industry or academia. We know, and research proves, that if you educate a girl you change the world!” — Sossena Wood
In the summer of 2013, Wood initiated a task force from different areas of NSBE to collect and generate ways to fulfill this vision. The task force is seeking to pinpoint ways in which the Society can focus its efforts, to make them more impactful. Their objectives are to:
Increase exposure of African-American girls to STEM and maintain their interest and participation in these fields
Empower African-American collegiate women pursuing STEM degrees and retain them in their STEM programs
Empower and retain professional African-American women in STEM careers
Learn more about NSBE’s initiative to empower AAWiSTEM and how you can participate!