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CI Presents “Women in STEM: Broadening Perspectives and Breaking Barriers”

CSU Channel Islands (CI) invited the community to “Women in STEM: Broadening Perspectives and Breaking Barriers,” Wednesday, Dec. 4, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the John Spoor Broome Library, Room 1320, on the CI campus.

The free event featured prominent female scientists, engineers and CI faculty in a two-panel discussion about working in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).  The first hour-long panel focused on career paths for STEM majors.  The second explored the unique barriers women face in STEM careers and ways to overcome them.  The panelists included women from Amgen, Patagonia, the U.S. Navy, Skyworks Solutions, and the Society of Women Engineers.  Speakers shared their experiences working in the STEM field, describe how they overcame challenges, and answer questions from the audience.  The first panel targeted middle- and high-school girls; the second was intended for college students.

“Women in STEM” was sponsored by Project ASCENSIÓN, CI’s Sociology and Mathematics programs, and the School of Arts & Sciences.

The focal point of Project ASCENCIÓN is a collaborative, fully productive and articulated program from K-12 through Oxnard College to a Baccalaureate degree to promote student interest and success in science, technology, engineering and mathematics; and entry in STEM programs and careers. This project is aggressive, inter-segmental, multi-layered and comprehensive.

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