Providing Leadership Training for High School Girls

High School girls from Riverside Unified School School District will learn about leadership and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields at Feb. 5 event

Pamela Clute hold a piece of paper up in front of a group of teachers.

Pamela Clute, special assistant to the chancellor.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) — About 150 high school girls from the Riverside Unified School District will learn about leadership and the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) at a Feb. 5 event led by a University of California, Riverside educator.

The event, billed “Inspire Your Mind,” is being led by Pamela Clute, who has been a mathematics educator for more than 40 years and is currently special assistant to the chancellor at UC Riverside. It will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Bourns, Inc. in Riverside.

The girls, who are sophomores, were selected by their mathematics and science teachers. Their teachers and parents, as well as members of the media are also invited to attend.

The Inspire Your Mind program aims to inspire and motivate students to pursue and stay engaged in STEM subjects in high school, a time when girls often lose interest in those fields. The ultimate goal is to develop the next generation of female thinkers and doers through meaningful interaction with role models and mentors.

“There are many great STEM things happening in the Inland Empire for elementary and middle school students,” Clute said. “Strengthening STEM experiences for high schools girls will be a welcome addition.”

RUSD, Athena of Riverside and Bourns, Inc. are collaborating on the program, which will emphasize person and professional success and leadership development.

At the event, the girls will receive a “pep talk” from Clute, hear from a panel of women in STEM fields and take part in hands-on, science fair type activities that relate to STEM fields. The UCR Science Ambassadors, a group of undergraduate students in the university’s College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, will help with the activities.

Lynn Carmen Day, RUSD’s chief academic officer, said she is excited about how the program can expose young women to the possibilities available to them in the sciences.

“RUSD believes in a strong districtwide STEM program for all students,” she said. “‘Inspire Your Mind’ provides young high school women the unique opportunity to engage in a deeper focus on post-secondary and career pathways for females in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math.”

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