“Building Bridges: The Power of the Sisterhood” will convene diverse women leaders in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine) who have shown expertise in supporting the longevity and advancement of women within their fields. This conference in and of itself presents a groundbreaking framework for bringing white women and women of color together in an intentional and novel way for transformational change, thus providing the catapult for lasting collective action that impacts current power systems and structures in the STEM arena. Brought together as a diverse group of women representing all STEM disciplines, and with direct programmatic design and input from women of color in these fields, participants will be empowered in their home environments to impact on how we as women interface with each other so as to cultivate necessary change.
In order for women in STEM to affect leadership and representation at the highest levels of STEM fields, meaningful relationship-building among women and across racial-ethnic and cultural groups will need to occur.
Women separately gather in interdisciplinary groups of 50 professional women of color and 50 white women. Each group will be responsible for sharing authentic perspectives and generating ideas on how to cultivate camaraderie with their women colleagues across racial-ethnic and cultural backgrounds.
White women will meet at the below address for a workshop moderated by Dr. Laura Bottomley, Dr. Christie Sahley, and Dr. Martha Williams:
Communities Foundation of Texas
Mabel Peters Caruth Center
5500 Caruth Haven Lane at Central Expressway
Dallas, Texas 75225-8146
Women of color will meet at the address below for a workshop moderated by Dr. Valeria Chapman, Dr. Rashele Yarlborough, and Dr. Joycelyn Elders:
Top Floor Meeting Center, Fiori on Vitruvian Park
3990 Vitruvian Way
Addison, Texas 75001
Day 2 will take place at the address below:
UT Southwestern Medical Campus
T. Boone Pickens Biomedical Building
6001 Forest Park Rd
Dallas, TX 75235
This program blends both groups comprising a large interracial gathering of up to 80 of these women in STEM who will grapple with differences and commonalities in their experience and inform key aspects of a research agenda related to facilitating support among diverse women, thus lending to a stronger impact among women to reimagine the STEM agenda.
Objectives: Toward advancing women in STEM professions: (1) Develop a forum through which a multicultural, cross-disciplinary group can consider pragmatic solutions; (2) Disseminating results to a wide audience; and, (3) Forming a facilitated, virtual work group to continue the work of the conference.
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