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Hood College Partners to Increase Women in STEM Professions

Winter 2018


Hood College is partnering with Frederick Community College, Woman to Woman Mentoring, Inc., and the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research (operated by Leidos Biomedical Research, Inc.) to bring the Million Women Mentors (MWM) movement to Frederick County. The goal of this movement is to attract and retain girls and women in STEM professions.

As a precursor to the program, these four organizations have coordinated a smaller, pilot version, which is running now through September. The pilot workshop schedule includes: a meet and greet in which mentees and mentors will get to know each other; a panel discussion by professional women in STEM; personal development plans and goal setting for mentee participants; assessment of personal strengths and how to use them to achieve goals; tips for being assertive and standing out; training for networking and making personal connections with professionals in the STEM field; and reflection and wrap up. The one-on-one mentoring relationships will continue in the months after the workshops are complete.

The MWM movement supports the engagement of millions of both male and female science, technology, engineering, and math mentors to increase the interest and confidence of girls and women to persist and succeed in STEM programs and careers by 2020.