Texas Woman’s joins STEMconnector to increase women in STEM
Sept. 7, 2017 – DENTON – Texas Woman’s University is now a partner with STEMconnector, a consortium of more than 160 companies, associations, academic institutions and government entities concerned with science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. STEMconnector’s STEM Higher Education Council and Million Women Mentors initiatives will offer Texas Woman’s students, faculty and staff collaboration and networking opportunities with leadership across higher education, industry, non-profit and government agencies.
Based in Washington D.C., STEMconnector utilizes a networked approach to eliminating the STEM talent gap, creating a comprehensive platform that spans the entire talent pipeline from kindergarten to jobs. By combining resources, ideas and energy across private and public sectors, TWU and STEMconnector look forward to collectively driving sustainable change.
According to Forbes.com, women outnumber men in public universities by a ratio of 56 to 44 percent. However, the number of women majoring in STEM disciplines is considerably lower.
“We are excited that TWU is partnering with STEMconnector to assist in closing the national employment gender gap in STEM related fields," said Alan C. Utter, TWU provost and vice president for academic affairs.
TWU is considered a national leader in educating women in the STEM fields with its renowned nursing, health sciences, hard sciences and mathematics and computer science programs. The university also offers a joint mathematics and engineering degree with the University of North Texas, allowing students to major in math at TWU and engineering at UNT.
About STEM Higher Education Council (SHEC)
SHEC is a leadership forum of public and private colleges and businesses intently focused on STEM education and careers. SHEC envisions being the national catalyst for meeting the educational and training needs of the global STEM workforce, and educating the scientists, technologists and innovators needed for a vibrant economy. SHEC serves as a forum for leaders in higher education and industry to work collaboratively in order to promote partnerships that lead to employability for students seeking STEM careers.
About Million Women Mentors (MWM)
Launched on January 8th, 2014, MWM is the collective action of over 60 corporate sponsors, 85 national partners and over 40 state teams. MWM was designed to increase the number of girls and women within the high school to work age continuum that persist and succeed in STEM programs and careers. MWM seeks to tap into the tremendous human capital potential of our nation’s employers to excite, inspire and recruit the next generation of STEM professionals.
About Texas Woman’s University
With an enrollment of approximately 16,000 students, Texas Woman’s University is the nation’s largest university primarily for women. Focused on not only educating its diverse student base, but also encouraging them to be well-rounded and culturally aware, Texas Woman’s University has dedicated itself to investing in its students.