Rensselaer Fraternity, Women’s Hockey Team Help Promote STEM Careers
Several members of the Rensselaer Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, along with the Rensselaer women’s ice hockey team, recently assisted with a program dedicated to teaching girls in grades 4 to 8 about opportunities in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
More than 40 girls and families participated in the program, which is meant to encourage and engage girls to pursue STEM education, along with 11 women’s hockey players, three brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha, and six other Rensselaer student volunteers. “President Jackson really set the tone for us in regards to STEM initiatives,” said Matt Dixon ’13, chapter president, who received his bachelor’s in civil engineering and is now pursuing his master’s in financial engineering and risk analytics. “Dr. Jackson’s personal advocacy helped us understand the ‘quiet crisis’ and how important it is to encourage young students to pursue a career in the field. My time at Rensselaer has shown me that we have a responsibility to promote the STEM fields and to help build our future.”
“As a woman in the STEM field, I feel that it is very important to help young girls realize they have the potential to succeed in a field traditionally dominated by men,” said Toni Sanders, a junior majoring in geology and member of the women’s ice hockey team. “Our team felt that we could provide a great tangible example of what they could do one day. Our team always strives to provide role models for young girls in the community and the ‘Girls in STEM’ program gave us a wonderful opportunity to do just that.”
The event featured successful women leaders with science and technology backgrounds from such organizations as GlobalFoundries, GE, Cisco, and the Society of Women Engineers.