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National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity Education Foundation
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Phone: 717-407-5118
Email: NAPE@napequity.org
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November 13, 2014
1 pm ET, 12 pm CT, 11 am MT, 10 am PT

Engage Students to Pursue STEM and Trades Careers: Next Steps after Vermont's Women Can Do Conference, a Student Event

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STEM careers are in demand, and opportunities are available for every student. However, women and people of color are significantly underrepresented in the majority of high-demand, high-tech, high-wage jobs. Many efforts to increase student awareness of such careers exist, but as Kelly Walsh of Vermont Works for Women states, "Conferences or other events are wonderful, but they must lead to next steps that move students to pursue careers with livable wages."

Educators, school professionals, and role models! Join us for a webinar designed by NAPE and Vermont Works for Women to leverage the excitement generated by the Women Can Do Conference and other student engagement events across the country to encourage students to consider careers in the trades and STEM fields.


In this webinar, Dr. Meagan Pollock brings a national perspective, and Lynn Vera from Vermont brings a state perspective. This webinar will empower participants to effectively communicate to students the breadth of opportunities and pathways in STEM careers through the use of NAPE's STEM Career Toolkit. In addition, practical and effective statewide and local strategies from Vermont will be presented as examples of ways to encourage young women and girls to consider and pursue rewarding careers in high-wage, high-demand technology and trade careers.

The objectives are to

  • Learn from a national and a local expert about strategies to engage students to pursue careers in STEM and trades careers after they have attended a targeted student event.
  • Learn how to use the items in the NAPE STEM Career toolkit in your job.
  • Increase your awareness of the most effective messaging for STEM careers, and improve your understanding of the breadth of opportunities and pathways to STEM careers (spanning certifications to graduate level training).


Meagan Pollock, PhD, is NAPE's Director of Professional Development. Before turning her focus on the intersection of education and equity, Meagan worked as an engineer for Texas Instruments. Meagan holds a PhD in engineering education from Purdue University, an MS in electrical engineering from Texas Tech University, and a BS in computer science from Texas Woman's University.

Lynn Vera has lived in the Burlington, VT, area for more than 40 years. Lynn has worked as a carpenter and construction laborer, taught in secondary public school education, special education, and adult education, and worked as a Gender Equity Specialist in Technical Education. Currently she is a school counselor at the Center for Technology, Essex, where students prepare for work in allied health, mechanical and construction trades, human services, culinary arts, digital design and multimedia, and many technical areas. She is active in statewide and national efforts/organizations that support diversity and respect in schools and the workplace and encourage training for women in "nontraditional' areas.


Created for counselors, the NAPE STEM Career Toolkit is designed to effectively reach and encourage every student to consider a future career in STEM. The toolkit provides an overview of STEM careers, introduces positive language for talking with students, and connects the effective messaging with tools, activities, and resources.

The NAPE STEM Career toolkit includes (1) One Exploring STEM Careers Booklet that describes the research, rationale, and purpose of the toolkit; (2) Four interactive career exploration activities for student engagement with explicit lesson plans for implementation; (3) Resources and tools for recruitment of girls; and (4) Flyer for a student resource webpage.

The toolkit activities are designed for middle school to high school students, but the messaging about STEM careers is useful for anyone interested in learning more about these careers. No level of experience with the topic is required.

Women Can Do! is a full-day conference for high school girls, which features dozens of hands-on workshops and action stations highlighting careers in the skilled trades and STEM fields. This year, the event took place on October 16, more than 500 girls and 100 chaperones attending. Learn more at Women Can Do Conference and Vermont Works for Women.

Registration: Register

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October 9, 2014

Register for the STEM Equity Pipeline Virtual Book Club Unleash the Power of Diversity by Debjani Biswas

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STEM Equity Pipeline and NAPE Virtual Book Club
Complimentary 1.5 hour session. Register now.
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Abstract: What are the hidden costs of poorly relating to people who are different from us? These and many other questions are answered in Debjani Muckherjee Biswas's thought-provoking book, Unleash the Power of Diversity, which introduces two original frameworks:

  1. The Five Judgments: Analysis of Personal Brand and Stereotypes
  2. A Diversity Foray: Practical Global Toolkit for leveraging diversity for results.
  • Does being different work for you or against you?
  • What is your brand, your personal presence?
  • What is your brand, your personal presence?

Intended Audience: This Virtual Book Club is designed for any participant wanting to increase gender and cultural equity success in STEM careers for underrepresented populations. The tools in Ms. Biswas' book are targeted for professionals in education and businesses. No level of experience with the topic is required.


  • Learn a new framework, "The Five Judgments," that analyzes the process and costs of cultural stereotyping.
  • Discover a global toolkit of practical Do's and Don'ts with clear guidelines to navigate cross-cultural diversity dilemmas.
  • Explore unwritten rules of behavior, personal presence, and communication norms and how they impact trust and reputation.
  • Share strategies that you can use in your classroom, school, or community to unleash the power of diversity.

Facilitator: Debjani Biswas is an author, diversity strategist, international speaker, and change agent. She is Principal of Coachieve, which specializes in diversity strategies and leadership effectiveness. She has a unique and eclectic combination of corporate and academic experience (21 years at PepsiCo, Texas Instruments, and IVTech Community College) and education (Chemical Engineering IIT, MBA IIM, Professional Certified Coach ICF, MS in OD UTD). Ms. Biswas combines practical skills with cutting-edge original concepts. She was a session presenter at the NAPE 2014 Annual PDI Conference in Washington, DC. Her original frameworks are being utilized by participants and clients from 23 countries and 5 continents.

Keep up with Debjani Biswas on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter!

Registration: Register for this archived 1.5 hour complimentary book club event.

The first part (35-45 minutes) of the 1.5-hour session will be an engaging presentation about the concepts in the book and the second part (35-45 minutes) will be an open discussion through the chat function and a conference line.

Once you register for the complimentary event, information and instructions about accessing the event will be sent to your email address.

Before the session, please read Unleash the Power of Diversity and come prepared for a lively discussion with the author and your colleagues across the country!

October 2, 2014

A National Vision for Mentoring Girls and Young Women in STEM Town Hall Conference Call

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During this national call, the Million Women Mentors team and several key partners and supporters will discuss:

  1. MWM Mentoring Results and Update
  2. Mentoring Best Practices
  3. Matching Technology
  4. Surprise MWM Announcements

Million Women Mentors (MWM), an initiative of STEMconnector®, is a national movement aiming to increase the number of girls and women from middle school to the workplace continuum to pursue and succeed in STEM programs and careers. Recently launched in January, Million Women Mentors has 22+ sponsors and 56+ partners that reach more than 25 million girls and young women nation wide. 170,000+ have taken the pledge so far. Designed to take place over a four year period (2014-2018) MWM will engage one million science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) mentors, both male and female through mentorship to increase the interest of girls and women in STEM careers. If you have any questions about the movement or town hall, please e-mail MWM@STEMconnector.org


October 1, 2014

Paving the Way for Women in Construction: Creating Systems and Supports that Work

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The Women’s Bureau will host a series of webinars that will explore key policy and programs for, among other things, improving women's preparation for and access to good jobs, including non-traditional occupations. The first installment will focus on improving women's representation in construction fields.

During this webinar, panelists will discuss findings from two new reports, one from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research and the other from the National Women’s Law Center, highlighting, respectively, findings from a new national survey of tradeswomen and federal policy and program opportunities for improving women’s representation in construction industry jobs. Representatives from Wider Opportunities for Women and Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc. will address training and technical assistance approaches to support workforce development and other service providers in facilitating women’s entrance into these fields.

Latifa Lyles
Director, Women's Bureau, U.S. Department of Labor

Connie Ashbrook
Executive Director, Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc.

Neena Chaudhry
Senior Counsel and Director of Equal Opportunity in Athletics, National Women's Law Center
Click here for "Women in Construction: Still Breaking Ground"

Ariane Hegewisch
Study Director, Institute for Women's Policy Research
Click here for "Women in Construction and the Economic Recovery: Results from 2013 IWPR Tradeswomen Survey"

Lauren Sugerman
Director, Women and Work Projects, Wider Opportunities for Women


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October 3, 2014

Applications for the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) Aspirations in Computing Award Now Open

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The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing honors young women at the high school level for their computing-related achievements and interests. Applicants can use one application to apply at both the local and national level. National award winners receive $500 in cash, a laptop, a trip to attend the Awards Ceremony in Charlotte, NC in March 2015, and an engraved crystal award for both the student and the student's school. In addition, winners will be eligible for scholarship and will be connected to industry mentors from Google, Microsoft, and more. Applications for the Aspirations in Computing Award are now open. The submission deadline is November 2, 2014.

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September 26, 2014

Community College Innovation Challenge

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Wanted: Teams of community college students, a faculty mentor, and a community or industry partner, proposing innovative STEM-based solutions for real-world problems they identify within one of the following themes: Big Data, Infrastructure Security, Sustainability (including water, food, energy, environment), Broadening Participation in STEM, Improving STEM Education.

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September 24, 2014

OPEN NH, NH STEM Equity Pipeline partner, offers online course: Understanding Gender Equity Issues in STEM Education

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This course is designed to inform both teachers and administrators about general issues of gender equity in science, technology, engineering and mathematics and ways in which to increase the opportunities for girls and women in your school STEM programs. The course uses resources from STEM Equity Pipeline Project which is sponsored by National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity. Throughout this course you will explore the issues surrounding equitable academic opportunities for girls and women in the STEM areas and become familiar with the process you can use in your schools to help build, support, and sustain the involvement of girls and women in STEM courses and career pathways. As a final course project, you will design a plan for improving gender equity throughout your school, district, or SAU. The course is 7 weeks, 35 hours of PD and cost is $130.

OPEN NH Fall 2014 Session Registration

September 23, 2014

NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing

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Calling all creative coders, hackers, designers, and technical young women! Applications for the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT) Award for Aspirations in Computing are now open to any U.S. high school woman with computing aspirations. This multi-tiered award honors young women who are active and interested in computing and technology, and encourages them to pursue their passions.

Each Aspirations Award recipient receives recognition at an award event, scholarship and internship opportunities, access to a peer community of technical young women, and various other prizes — computing resources, gadgets, sponsor swag, engraved awards and certificates, and more. Additionally, National Award recipients receive $500, a laptop, and a trip to attend the Bank of America Technology Showcase and Awards Ceremony on March 7, 2015.

Students can apply online from September 15 through November 2, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. EST: http://bit.ly/AiCHSAward. Students at all levels are encouraged to apply: NCWIT recognizes aspirations as well as accomplishments!

The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing is sponsored by Bank of America at the national level and Microsoft at the local level. Additionally, the Aspirations program is supported nationally by AT&T, Bloomberg, Google, Hewlett‑Packard, Intel, Motorola Solutions Foundation, Northrop Grumman, and the Symantec Corporation. Find out more at www.aspirations.org.

September 23, 2014

NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Education Award

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Calling all teachers, counselors, administrators, mentors, and other educators who make a special effort to support girls’ interest in technology! Applications for the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT) Aspirations in Computing Educator Award are now open. To be considered for the award, educators are asked to complete a short, online application and endorse at least one student for the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing.

Each Educator Award winner receives recognition at a local Aspirations Award event and increased visibility in his or her school, district and community, $1,000 for participation in up to two computing-related professional development activities, and an engraved award for both the recipient and his or her school.

Educators can apply online at http://bit.ly/AiCEdAward no later than 11:59 p.m. EST on November 2, 2014.

The NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Educator Award is sponsored by AT&T. Additionally, the Aspirations program is supported nationally by Microsoft, Bank of America, Bloomberg, Google, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Motorola Solutions Foundation, Northrop Grumman, and the Symantec Corporation. Find out more at www.aspirations.org.

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