Career Development Center, Women’s Resource Center and BSU Host Career Program for Women:
On March 3 the Career Development Center, the Women’s Resource Center, and the Black Student Union are sponsoring the third annual RISE UP program, a career program devoted to issues of special interest to female students as they make choices about their careers. Held every March as part of the celebration of Women’s History Month, RISE UP is an opportunity for female students to learn from and connect with female leaders in their chosen professions. Each year, a different profession is highlighted. This year’s topic is STEM Careers.
STEM careers refer to the multitude of jobs found in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math fields. Most STEM fields are dominated by men, which might scare off some women, but this very condition makes STEM fields an excellent career choice for women! Employers want to diversify their workforces. Whether seeking a chemical engineer, an environmental scientist, or a high school physics teacher, employers want to hire women. However, the United States is experiencing a precipitous decline in the number of female students who are studying science, engineering, or math in college. For an individual woman no degree means no job. For our country as a whole, no scientists, engineers, mathematicians, and other technical experts means restricted growth and well-being. That’s why it’s important to encourage young women to enter STEM fields.
RISE UP is one small program designed to encourage Loyola women to pursue and persist in STEM fields. RISE UP attendees connect with the panelists to realize that STEM careers are within their reach. For many students attendance can serve as the spark they need find a mentor, start a research project, or hear needed words of encouragement. This year, students will get to hear from two Loyola professors, Dr. Joelle Underwood, Chemistry and Dr. Maria Calzada, Mathematics, along with forensic chemistry alumna Jodie Clement, a Criminalist for the New Orleans Police Department and Dr. Maureen Wright, a Research Microbiologist. All four women are accomplished professionals in their fields. Their contributions extend beyond their jobs to identifying and supporting the next generation of female scientists.
Interested in additional programs addressing the needs of women in today’s workforce? Watch for Smart Start, a salary negotiation workshop, coming in April.