AAUW Northwest Valley collaborates on STEM initiatives

AAUW STEM chair Joyce Keane and Larry Henley, STEM activist, meet Dec. 19 in Sun City West to collaborate on STEM Initiatives in the Northwest Valley. [Submitted photo]

Joyce Keane, Sun City West, heading the STEM Committee of the American Association of University Women Northwest Valley (NWV) branch, met with Larry Henley, of Surprise, Dec. 19 to collaborate on assisting with STEM initiatives in the Northwest Valley.

Mr. Henley is a STEM activist whose mission is to involve the general public to support STEM initiatives, with an emphasis on attracting more women and people of color to the STEM industry through education and awareness.

The Association of University Women (AAUW) supports promoting and strengthening science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education as an important component of its mission to promote the advancement of equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and education.

Ms. Keane and Mr. Henley discussed possibilities of initiating or supporting mentoring high school students, developing after-school clubs, providing contest competition at the elementary or high school level or other activities to achieve their mutual goals.

“We are looking for opportunities to affect positive change in the area of STEM careers for women and will continue to push for gender equity in STEM,” stated Ms. Keane. “We welcome any and all inquiries from individuals, organizations or companies where we may be of assistance.”

AAUW NWV membership is open to women from Sun City, Sun City West, Surprise, Glendale, Peoria, Goodyear and the northwest valley who hold an associate, 2-year med-tech, baccalaureate or higher degree. The AAUW NWV branch provides many ways for members to participate including monthly meetings, luncheons, informative programs, special interest groups and public policy, college connections and STEM initiatives.

For information about how individuals, organizations or companies may participate or benefit from this AAUW initiative supporting STEM, contact Ms. Keane at jekeane903@gmail.com or 630-842-3717.  All suggestions and inquiries are welcome.

For information about AAUW NWV membership or activities, visit northwestvalley-az.aauw.net or contact president Rosemary Dougherty at 623-760-8479 or rosemaryd4@cox.net, or co-membership vice president Pat Telford at 623-214-7880 or dnptelford@gmail.com.

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