AWIS and N.C. A&T Form Partnership to Advance Women in STEM

Mar 12, 2019Press Release

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AWIS and N.C. A&T Form Partnership to Advance Women in STEM

WASHINGTON DC, March 12, 2019 – The Association for Women in Science (AWIS), the leading association that advocates for women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), recently formed an institutional partnership with North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.

As an institutional partner, AWIS will collaborate with N.C. A&T’s ADVANCE Institutional Transformation (IT) project, which is designed to address the systemic underrepresentation of women within the ranks of higher education faculty.

“As an academic and research leader in STEM, N.C. A&T is committed to the achievement and success of students, as well as faculty,” said Sherrice Allen, Ph.D, project director for ADVANCE-IT. “We are excited about this partnership with AWIS and even more excited to know that our female faculty members in STEM will be exposed to more opportunities and equitable access throughout the STEM profession.”

Through the partnership, AWIS will provide faculty with professional development and leadership training to help them succeed in their mission to achieve full equity and participation of women in all disciplines of STEM. In October 2018, AWIS presented a workshop focused on leadership advancement and strategies for collaborating with industry advocates and allies.

“Our goal is to take a holistic approach to help remove the systemic challenges and barriers that impede women from advancing in their STEM career whether in a classroom, lab, office setting or in the field,” said AWIS CEO Sandy Robert. “We are excited about this partnership with North Carolina A&T for its commitment to diversity and being the top producer of African American engineers across all levels.”

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University is the nation’s largest historically black university, ranked number one among public HBCUs by U.S. News & World Report. It is a land-grant, doctoral high-research classified university by the Carnegie Foundation and constituent member of the University of North Carolina system. A&T is known for its leadership in producing graduates in engineering, agriculture and other STEM fields. The university was founded in 1891 and is located in Greensboro, North Carolina.

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About AWIS: Founded in 1971, AWIS has been the leading advocate for women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to achieve business growth, social change, and innovation. We are dedicated to driving excellence in STEM by achieving equity and full participation of women in all disciplines and across all employment sectors. In addition to scholarships, AWIS provides career resources, professional development, as well as networking, mentoring, and volunteer opportunities to build leadership skills. To learn more, visit www.awis.org and @AWISNational.

 

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