AAFS Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Mentors Needed

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Source: Laura Liptai, PhD, Engineering Sciences Section Board Representative

The Million Women Mentors (MWM) is a national movement led by STEMconnector. MWM supports the engagement of one million Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) mentors (male and female) to increase the interest and confidence of girls and women in persisting and succeeding in STEM programs and careers. MWM is a collaboration with 60+ partners reaching more than 30 million girls and women, 45+ corporate sponsors, and 35+ state leadership teams. To date, they have obtained more than 500,000 mentor pledges.

This program is in line with the AAFS mission and objectives of the Academy to promote professionalism, integrity, competency, and education, and to foster research, improve practice, and encourage collaboration in the forensic sciences.

The goals are simply to increase the percentage of:

  • pre-collegiate girls planning to pursue STEM careers
  • young women pursuing undergraduate degrees in STEM fields
  • women staying and advancing in STEM careers through supporting workforce mentoring programs

In addition, metrics around young women in STEM provide an automated, scalable, and easy-to-use platform to eliminate barriers, to facilitate large numbers of STEM professionals (male and female) with tools to become effective mentors, and to match pledges to non-profits and educational institutions in need of STEM role models.

This is a “movement,” not a program. The matching is done via a web portal that connects mentors to the female serving institutions such as universities that register without divulging any personal information of any minor. The national site also contains resources such as mentoring guides and a place for those already engaged in mentoring to be counted.

The California website just went live today. If you are interested, please go to the website and volunteer at Million Women Mentors.