Women in STEM Mentorship Program: Building a Bridge to STEM at Community Colleges
Join us as we share our experience in developing and piloting our Women in STEM Mentorship Program (WSMP), a year-long mentorship program that pairs high school juniors and seniors who identify as female with female college STEM faculty to build relationships and positively impact the social development and academic achievement of participating young women as they consider pursuing a STEM field at College of DuPage.
In this presentation, we will be discussing the creation, implementation, and piloting of a mentorship program focused on attracting high school students, who identify as female, to the STEM fields. Eight high school juniors and seniors participated in the Women in STEM Mentorship Program. Mentees were paired with STEM faculty who teach at a community college. In addition to this, we will be discussing our findings and the changes that we will be making to future cohorts. We hope to hear directly from some of our mentees and mentors, who will share their experience.
Finally, we will share what we believe makes our program different from other STEM mentorship programs and provide examples of how we created the program that you can take with you should you wish to start your own.
Takeaways: Attendees will learn how community college STEM faculty can work to support potential incoming underrepresented students through a mentorship and networking program. We hope to have mentors and mentees available to share their experience.
Sara Spaniol (College of DuPage: Glen Ellyn, IL)
Presenter Materials for this Session:
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NSTA Presentation: Women in STEM Mentorship Program
Sample Mentor Welcome Packet
includes Code of Conduct, Communication Guidelines, and Photo/Video release
Sample Meeting Guidelines
Sample Multi-year Module Plan