PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. -- With support from GE Capital, Pace University’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems is working to overcome longstanding gender disparities in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and computing, through a new initiative.
Called Women in Technology @ Pace (WIT@Pace), the program aims to introduce STEMC to high school girls and other underserved and underrepresented populations in Westchester County.
“The Seidenberg School has consistently advanced and supported STEMC education for women and minorities since its inception,” said Susan Merritt, Ph.D., Founding Dean of the School. “We continue to encourage awareness and increase access for women and minorities in technology through new programs and activities in computer literacy.”
Approximately 30 high school girls will be actively engaged with Pace faculty through instruction and hands-on applications around central themes of creative design and problem solving through computing and technology tools. Sessions will teach participants to work in teams and develop digital solutions to a given set of challenges, ranging from solving everyday needs to strategizing inventive solutions in new areas.
“GE Capital is proud to partner with the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems on the important initiative of improving the access of young women to STEMC academic studies and careers,” said Thomas Gentile, President and COO of GE Capital. “Seidenberg has been a leader in promoting STEMC studies, and this partnership will help pave the way for future leaders to enter these important fields.”
For the Fall 2015 semester, WIT@Pace will launch the STEM Women Achieve Greatness (SWAG) program for high school girls, which will run from Oct. 3 to Dec. 12. SWAG is tuition-free and will provide a pre-college experience utilizing academic and hands-on application of the technology and computing disciplines. The program is designed for female students in their sophomore or junior years, who are seeking to learn more about the technology and computing fields.