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Empowering the Next Generation of Latinas in STEAM careers

NSF Awards: 1400868, 1849243, 1736093, 80NSSC19M0236; 80NSSC20M0052

2020 (see original presentation & discussion)

Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12, Undergraduate, Graduate, Adult learners, Informal / multi-age

In order to increase the participation of women in STEAM careers, different research and education programs at the University of Puerto Rico, joined forces to create an initiative to provide opportunities, activities, and tools for the new generation of Latin women to continue careers in these disciplines The activities were designed with the collaboration of undergraduate and graduate students from the Faculties of Natural Sciences, Humanities and Art. The summit activity of the initiative was the symposium: "The power of women in science". It was divided into three main sections. The first was a series of TED talks by successful Latin women scientists, to provide role models and expose participants to different career options. During lunch, we created a space to promote dialogue between women scientists and young students, who were able to meet the invited scientists, ask questions and create a drawing of women in science that most inspired them. The symposium included an orientation section where different programs presented the opportunities and offers, they have for women. The activities have impacted more than 500 students and 47 volunteers. This video will allow the viewer to experience a journey through the design process to the implementation and evaluation of the activities from the point of view of the collaborating students. Join us to increase women's participation in STEAM!

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    Amy Wagler

    Higher Ed Faculty
    May 4, 2020 | 04:12 p.m.

    Muy buen video! ¡Quiero ver el libro cuando esté completo!

     
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    Liz Diaz- Vazquez

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    May 4, 2020 | 05:44 p.m.

    Saludos Amy, muchas gracias por ver nuestro video! Si me envia su información a liz.diaz2@upr.edu, tan pronto nuestro libro este listo lo compartimos con usted!

     

     
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    Nora Paugh

    Higher Ed Faculty
    May 4, 2020 | 06:40 p.m.

    Me gusta mucho este video. ¡Veo tantas similitudes con el trabajo que estamos haciendo en UTEP con los académicos de Noyce! Sí podemos inspirar a la próxima generación: ¡soy el futuro!

     
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    Liz Santiago Martoral

    Co-Presenter
    May 4, 2020 | 07:33 p.m.

    Saludos Norah, me alegro que se identifique con el vídeo! Esperamos que podamos seguir siendo de inspiración y motivación para muchas jóvenes. Sería bueno en un futuro unir fuerzas para ampliar la participación de mujeres en STEAM. 

     
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    Elvira Cuevas

    Higher Ed Faculty
    May 4, 2020 | 09:01 p.m.

    ¡Excelente video! Felicidades por el excelente trabajo.

     
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    Liz Diaz- Vazquez

    Lead Presenter
    Associate Professor- Researcher
    May 5, 2020 | 12:47 a.m.

    Thank you all for visiting and taking the time to watch our video: "Empowering the Next Generation of Latinas in STEAM Careers! This initiative was possible thanks to the join effort of different NSF and NASA funded research and education programs at the University of Puerto Rico. The programs PRSPRINT, CAWT, CIRE2N, PRLASMP, and NASA-PRSGC, joined forces to provide opportunities, activities, and tools for the new generation of Latin women to continue careers in STEAM disciplines The activities were designed with the collaboration of undergraduate and graduate students from the Faculties of Natural Sciences, Humanities and Art. Join us in our effort to increase women's participation in STEAM!

    We will love to hear what initiatives for women in STEAM do you have in your institution, and of course leave us your impresion and suggestions to improve our project!

     
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    Mariana Enriquez

    Researcher
    May 12, 2020 | 03:54 p.m.

    Hola a todas!
    Saludando desde Denver, Colorado.
    Me encanta su programa y me recuerda mucho al programa TECHNOLOchicas que se lleva a cabo en todo Estados Unidos. Seguramente saben de él (technolochicas.org). Como evaluadora yo tuve la gran oportunidad de evaluar el programa Technolochicas LiFT que se llevó a cabo en tres ciudades en Arizona (Tucson, Nogales y Phoenix) en el 2018, fundado por Intel e implementado por Televisa Foundation y LULAC. Aquí les dejo la liga de uno de los videos que se crearon de este programa (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XA9k8dlkt-c). 
    Enhorabuena! Felicidades por este gran trabajo que están llevando a cabo. We need many more programs like yours! I invite all Latina STEM professionals to register with Technolochicas.org because we need all the role models to encourage our young Latinas to participate in these professions.

    Me gustaría mucho mantener contacto con ustedes y posiblemente, cuando la pandemia esté bajo control, poder visitarlas en Puerto Rico, my email es enriquez.mariana.evaluation@gmail.com 

     
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    Dr. Carmen Noemi Cintron

    Co-Presenter
    May 12, 2020 | 04:35 p.m.

    Mariana

    Saludos!

    Technochicas es muy bonito.  Como parte del grupo de cientificas que participo en el simposio, en el area de ciencia de computos, tenemos a las doctoras Ivelisse Rubio y Patricia Ordonez.  Ellas son emprendedoras y estan haciendo un trabajo extraordinario, creativo y de inclusion.  

    En febrero 2021 tendremos el proximo simposio y seria muy agradable contar con tu presencia y la de todas las personas que se entusiamen.  Afortunadamente, hemos tenido la oportunidad de contar con sectores que les interesa participar y hacer esfuerzos para aumentar la participacion de mas mujeres en las carreras STEAM.  Confiamos en poder seguir haciendo un impacto positivo, no solo en nuestra institucion sino en el pais y fuera del mismo.  En esta ocasion el impacto del proyecto fue a diferentes niveles: en las adolescentes que tuvieron la oportunidad de participar (escuelas publicas y de sectores fuera de la capital de PR), las estudiantes universitarias que hicieron un trabajo extraordinario en la planificacion, el diseno y pusieron en accion el proyecto, las cientificas que conocieron mas de los trabajos de colegas y las instituciones/ organizaciones/ personas que se sensibilizaron ante el tema y estan dispuestos a continuar colaborando.

    Poder participar en esta competencia fue un gran reto (la pandemia nos transformo), pero las estudiantes estaban dispuestas a no quitarse y logramos  someter el video.  El esfuerzo y compromiso de ellas fue fundamental.  Asi, que fue un triunfo.     

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    Mariana Enriquez

    Researcher
    May 12, 2020 | 05:49 p.m.

    Mil gracias, Carmen. Me da mucho gusto que estén participando en este Videohall, informándonos de su programa. Por supuesto que me encantaría asistir a su simposio en 2021, si se dan las condiciones, claro!
    Si, el impacto de estos programas es impresionante. Yo hice observaciones en los salones de clase, colecté datos por medio de encuestas con las niñas, maestros y administradores de las escuelas y los distritos escolares, entrevisté a maestros y administradores, y conduje grupos de enfoque con las niñas y los padres y madres de las niñas. Los resultados fueron muy buenos. Espero que después continuemos nuestra conversación y pueda compartir con ustedes los resultados de la evaluación.
    Un abrazo y por favor, me encantará tener noticias de ustedes.

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    Lorell Munoz

    Higher Ed Faculty
    May 5, 2020 | 07:54 a.m.

    Excelente iniciativa!

     
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    Liz Santiago Martoral

    Co-Presenter
    May 5, 2020 | 11:20 a.m.

    Saludos Lorell, gracias por ver nuestro vídeo, siganos en la redes sociales para que pueda participar de futuras actividades. 

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    Angel Morales

    Higher Ed Faculty
    May 5, 2020 | 09:17 a.m.

    Excelente video sobre la iniciativa que están tomando nuestras científicas puertorriqueñas. Yo fui al Congreso. Realmente muestra todo el talento de estas mujeres científicas de nuestro país en diferentes disciplinas y gama de trabajos aquí, en Estados Unidos y en otros países. Muchas felicidades y sigan esforzándose como han hecho hasta ahora.

     
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    Liz Diaz- Vazquez

    Lead Presenter
    Associate Professor- Researcher
    May 5, 2020 | 11:39 a.m.

    Dr. Morales,

    Thank you for your comment! We are planning to celebrate the 2nd Symposium: The power of Women in Science in February 2021, we hope to see you there!

     
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    Shirley Martinez

    K-12 Teacher
    May 5, 2020 | 09:27 a.m.

    Excelente video, gracias por hacer visible la labor de la mujer en la ciencia y por inspirar a las nuevas generaciones de mujeres. No hay límites. Las posibilidades para nuestras niñas son infinitas.

     
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    Liz Santiago Martoral

    Co-Presenter
    May 5, 2020 | 11:32 a.m.

    Gracias por ver nuestro vídeo Shirley, estamos motivadas a seguir trabajando para abrir un espacio que promueva el desarrollo de las mujeres en las ciencias.

     
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    Tamara Piven

    May 5, 2020 | 11:29 a.m.

    Excelent video!

     
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    Liz Santiago Martoral

    Co-Presenter
    May 5, 2020 | 11:37 a.m.

    Thank you for watching our video! Please follow us on our social media so continue to learn about our growing project.

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    Liz Diaz- Vazquez

    Lead Presenter
    Associate Professor- Researcher
    May 5, 2020 | 12:06 p.m.

    Follow us in Facebook @poderlatinassteam or in  any of the supporting program webpages

    http://www.cire2n.upr.edu/

    http://pr-sprint.com/?fbclid=IwAR3MnGlyaRA7AIiI0PpBJxC_if4R53VJliyg6FBX9KqfhBIB2oGNlRjG8NI

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    Bonny Ortiz-Andrade

    Co-Presenter
    May 5, 2020 | 12:11 p.m.

    Imagine for a moment, your grandmothers or great-grandmothers as scientists. Surely you can relate them with richer and diverse science perspectives to contribute to the scientific development. Looking back, you will notice how many of our foremothers were dedicated solely to the home. Nowadays, we know this loss of talent has denied the world of their exceptional ideas and capacities.

    Today we have demonstrated those exceptional capacities and are working tirelessly to get more women's ideas heard and to achieve a more equitable society. This video shows the initiatives carried out by various programs at the University of Puerto Rico. From educational community activities, events, and videos to the elaboration of a book. All designed to highlight the role of Latin women in STEAM and motivate girls and young women to pursue scientific careers. Keep up this good work!

     
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    Patti Curtis

    Facilitator
    May 5, 2020 | 12:33 p.m.

    Fantastico!  I am impressed with the multi-agency & cross discipline collaboration.  Is this something you plan to do every year?  Did you invite middle and high school girls to attend?  Did you include their families?  Were the TED talks recorded?  Are there cultural barriers and/or discrimination in PR for women in STEM fields?  I hope your book is published and distributed widely.  

     
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    Liz Diaz- Vazquez

    Lead Presenter
    Associate Professor- Researcher
    May 5, 2020 | 02:25 p.m.

    Dear Dr. Patti Curtis

    Thank you for watching and comment our video! This was the first year of this initiative, due to the success of the activity, we plan to do it every year and include other interactions with the young women, such as workshops, and visits to school. We are planning to celebrate the next Symposium in February 2021. In the first symposium, the TED talks were not recorded, but for the next symposium we will record and make them available to the public through our online platforms.

    Talking from my experience as a scientist, in P.R. as in other part of the world, in some sectors there still exists some discrimination and cultural barriers for women in science, in these sectors is more likely to view a young male scientist more favorably than a woman with the same qualifications. In my experience as a professor we have a high percent of females in STEM undergraduate education, but this number drastically decrease at graduate level. Therefore this initiative arrises to recognize the contributions of Latinas in Science and establish Role models for the next generation of Puerto Ricans women in STEAM.

     
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    Nikki Tulley

    Graduate Student
    May 5, 2020 | 01:11 p.m.

    Wow, what an awesome video. Learning about all the work that your team is doing is really inspiring. The advice to not give into doubts or stereotypes that may limit potential was a great reminder. Keep up the great work, there are many others who will benefit from your inspiration.  

     
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    Liz Diaz- Vazquez

    Lead Presenter
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    May 5, 2020 | 02:27 p.m.

    Nikki Tulley,

    Thank you for your words! Soon we will share our book  with the purpose of expand the impact of the initiative!

     
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    Kacy Redd

    May 5, 2020 | 04:15 p.m.

    Great work! You may be interested in a resource that the Aspire Alliance has developed: 

    A Guidebook for Campus Self-Assessment of Successes & Challenges in STEM Faculty Diversity and Inclusion

    The Guidebook is designed to help institutions explore the challenges and strengths they have in recruiting, hiring, and retaining a diverse STEM faculty. It provides: (1) A summary of the scholarship and practice-based insights leveraged to develop the model for increasing faculty diversity & an institutional self-assessment template; (2) Instructions on how to complete the institutional self-assessment; and, (3) practical guidance for campuses as they develop action plans for advancing faculty diversity.

     
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    Liz Diaz- Vazquez

    Lead Presenter
    Associate Professor- Researcher
    May 6, 2020 | 02:38 p.m.

    Thank you for watching our video and letting us know about the Aspire Alliance valuable resources! we will take a look and incorporate it in our next practices.

     
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    Marjorie Bequette

    Facilitator
    May 5, 2020 | 05:59 p.m.

    Excelente video, gracias! And thank you also for the work behind the video. 

    I'm curious about how much of your work is about providing inspiration for young Latinas, and how much you feel you need to change the world around them? Do the professors, bosses, and colleagues need inspiration and encouragement too so that they can welcome and support these young women?

     
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    Liz Diaz- Vazquez

    Lead Presenter
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    May 6, 2020 | 02:34 p.m.

    Thanks for watching our video! The initiative intents to empower both the new generation , and  the current women scientist to allow them to serve as role models,  providing a space were  both generations can meet and work together.  Definitevely it is needed that we start by reconozing the acomplishment of professors and scientist to boost their selfconfidence, actitutes, and willness to serve as role models.

     
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    Rosa Betancourt

    Researcher
    May 6, 2020 | 09:50 a.m.

    Congratulations on this initiative! Enjoyed the informative and motivational video  

     
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    Liz Diaz- Vazquez

    Lead Presenter
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    May 6, 2020 | 02:34 p.m.

    Thank you for watching our video and your feedback!

     
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    Yeiza Hernandez

    May 6, 2020 | 05:07 p.m.

    Excellent work. Congrats!

     
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    Kristin Flaming

    Higher Ed Faculty
    May 6, 2020 | 07:33 p.m.

    This is a great asset to the young women in Puerto Rico and across the world. I am a committee member for SAGE STEAM Camp http://bit.ly/2z21gcT It is a week long summer camp for rising 7th grade girls that is geared to exposing them to career possibilities in STEAM.

     
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    Ashley Vazquez Negron

    Co-Presenter
    May 6, 2020 | 08:25 p.m.

    Kristin Flaming,

    Excellent initiative! I am proud to know that we work from different parts of the world to promote science in girls and youth. 

     
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    Liz Diaz- Vazquez

    Lead Presenter
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    May 6, 2020 | 08:32 p.m.

    Thank you for taking the time to watch our video and your coment! Thanks for the information about the summer camp, Do you plan to offer the summer camp this term? It is for locals or girls from other locations may apply?

     

     
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    Kristin Flaming

    Higher Ed Faculty
    May 7, 2020 | 12:40 p.m.

    We have already accepted campers for this year. We have moved camp to the third week in July instead of early June. We are hoping to still have it but only time will tell. Our camp is only for girls in Oklahoma. We do target those in rural areas, less access to STEAM, and those that really need the experience rather than the shining star that has done it all.

     
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    Lucía Alcalá

    Higher Ed Faculty
    May 6, 2020 | 07:34 p.m.

    Excelente video y una gran iniciativa para el apoyo de mujeres y niñas en la ciencia. 

     
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    Liz Diaz- Vazquez

    Lead Presenter
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    May 7, 2020 | 07:30 p.m.

    Muchas gracias Lucia! Saludos desde Puerto Rico!

     
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    Ashley Vazquez Negron

    Co-Presenter
    May 6, 2020 | 08:05 p.m.

    Greetings to all! We are glad that you liked the video!

    This initiative has meant a lot to me and has contributed to my personal and professional growth. Meeting enterprising women, women who have contributed so much to science and who have overcome all kinds of stereotypes has been inspirational. This project has influenced my life and my career because it has helped me to believe more in myself, in my potential and abilities and to confirm once again that, in these disciplines, my contribution is important.

    Science has given me a voice! And that is the most beautiful and important thing of this initiative: It gives us an opportunity to express us, to transmit our knowledge in different scenarios and to be part of a community that promote the participation of all in STEAM. 

     
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    Mark Bealo

    Higher Ed Faculty
    May 10, 2020 | 05:04 a.m.

    Great video! The majority of my drone technology assistants have been Latina women who graduated our program. And we are always seeking new and creative ways to promote our STEM offerings to this population. You did an amazing job as the spokesperson in the video!! If chemistry doesn't hold your attention, you obviously have talents that can take you beyond that field. Keep up the amazing work!!!

     
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    Ashley Vazquez Negron

    Co-Presenter
    May 11, 2020 | 10:23 a.m.

    Mark Bealo, thank you very much! Your words mean a lot to me. Effective communication has always been of interest to me and combine it with science fascinates me much more.

    Let us continue working to educate others and let them know the excellent job we can all do together.

     
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    Mark Bealo

    Higher Ed Faculty
    May 11, 2020 | 05:21 p.m.

    Amen sister! If you guys would like some guests from San Diego to share about drone technology at the next event, please let us know! I'm not sure if we could get funding for the trip, but if we could, it would be a great experience.

     
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    Carla Restrepo

    Researcher
    May 6, 2020 | 08:27 p.m.

    Las felicito - desperto muchas emociones positivas en mi y se que lo hara en muchas otras personas mas.

     
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    Liz Diaz- Vazquez

    Lead Presenter
    Associate Professor- Researcher
    May 6, 2020 | 08:52 p.m.

    Muchas gracias por sus palabras y apoyo a la iniciativa!

     
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    Kristin Pederson

    STEM Director, Project Development & Communication
    May 6, 2020 | 11:08 p.m.

    Beautiful! Thank you for sharing this fantastic initiative. If you're ever looking for additional content, feel free to browse through Twin Cities PBS' SciGirls collection. Much of our work is produced with and for Latinx communities, including our entire fourth season "Latina SciGirls," which was the first "Spanish-first" series on PBS Kids! Girls and their adult STEM mentors from diverse Latinx sub-ethnicities explore science while celebrating their language, heritage and traditions. In fact, all of SciGirls content is in both Spanish and English, and is produced using research-based best practices around cultural responsiveness and gender equity. Check us out at www.scigirlsconnect.org or www.pbskids.org/scigirls. Again, many thanks for this incredible work!

     
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    Jennifer Ward

    Higher Ed Faculty
    May 7, 2020 | 04:02 p.m.

    Thanks for sharing these links!

     
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    Ileana Feliciano

    Co-Presenter
    May 7, 2020 | 12:28 p.m.

    This is an excellent job that has the initiative of Empowering Women in Science. Vote!!!

     
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    Jennifer Ward

    Higher Ed Faculty
    May 7, 2020 | 04:15 p.m.

    I appreciate that this video is in Spanish. :D

     
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    Liz Diaz- Vazquez

    Lead Presenter
    Associate Professor- Researcher
    May 7, 2020 | 05:30 p.m.

    Thanks, Jennifer, for watching our video! Although our university students are bilingual, we decide to make the video in Spanish to empower Latin communities. Language should not be a barrier to have access to STEAM careers!

    Because Science is spoken and done in Spanish too!

     
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    Jameela Jafri

    Facilitator
    May 7, 2020 | 04:24 p.m.

    What a wonderful initiative to support women in Puerto Rico. I particularly appreciate that the efforts are being led from educational leadership within Puerto Rico, rather than from an outside institution. Can you share a little about what the mentorship training for role models entails. What are some of the challenges and best practices around role models that are emerging from this work? 

     
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    Liz Diaz- Vazquez

    Lead Presenter
    Associate Professor- Researcher
    May 8, 2020 | 11:00 a.m.

    In order to increase the participation of women in STEAM careers, different research and education programs at the University of Puerto Rico, joined forces to create this initiative to provide opportunities, activities, and tools for the new generation of Latin women to continue careers in these disciplines.

    One of the main components of the initiative is the Role Model program, since it makes a world of difference to girls. But the effectiveness of this program relay in the effectiveness of the approach and interaction.   Role models may have an extraordinary career, but if they do not know how to interact with a group of young girls, they will not inspire them.  In order to create an effective role model program, we start by providing visibility to female scientist and professor, and training graduate students and undergraduate students in STEAM disciplines to serve as role models. The training was focused improve participants science communication skills and prepare them well so that they know:

    • How to interact with girls and inspire them in STEAM careers.
    • How create pitch messages that inspire girls in STEAM.
    • How to share personal stories along with inspirations and struggles.
    • What group supervision strategies best support girls.
    • What works and what does not in heading a hands-on activity or demonstration.
     
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    Daniela Alfonso

    Undergraduate Student
    May 7, 2020 | 10:53 p.m.

    I recently joined this initiative and, in just a few months, I’ve been able to do so much more than i expected towards its purpose. Being involved in the symposium’s preparation and execution was a fun and enriching experience and I am grateful to have been a part of it.

     
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  • May 7, 2020 | 11:33 p.m.

    Fantastic Program. So nice to see the "A" in Steam added.  Looking forward to the book - is there a link for us? Will this program continue? 

     
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    Liz Diaz- Vazquez

    Lead Presenter
    Associate Professor- Researcher
    May 8, 2020 | 10:01 a.m.

    Michael thank you for taking the time to watch our video and  comment!  We expect to complete the book by the summer and make it available in our  program webpages and social media. You can follow us in our facebook pages

    @PODERLATINASSTEAM   @ CAWTEducation   @CIRE2Neducation   @UPRRPSPRINT   Or in any of the webpages of our research programs    http://www.cire2n.upr.edu/    http://pr-sprint.com/?fbclid=IwAR324TgzWgGzQuZFYIDMpVCPIe5cPTBXonYh1jy9079F1i03rL342QIlsjI
     
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    Natasha Davila

    Undergraduate Student
    May 8, 2020 | 03:27 p.m.

    Amazing to see women in science showcased for all to see! As part of the team that helped with the initiative I can attest to the success of it, and how powerful it was to see countless women scientist inspiring young women to follow in their footsteps. 

     
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    C.B.

    May 9, 2020 | 02:50 p.m.

    Este video esta fantástico! Felicidades a todas:

    1) Me encantaría si pudieran añadir traducción en diferentes idiomas (Ingles, Aleman, Coreano, Hindi, etc.), particularmente en los lenguajes de países con una fuerte presencia global en ciencias y tecnología. 

    2) Cuando el libro estará disponible?  

    Que disfruten y continúen su éxito! 

     
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    Liz Diaz- Vazquez

    Lead Presenter
    Associate Professor- Researcher
    May 10, 2020 | 08:02 p.m.

     Hola! Gracias por tomar de su tiempo para ver nuestro vídeo y comentar.  En el futuro trabajaremos para llevar nuestro mensaje de empoderamiento en diferentes idiomas, nos gustaría poder establecer colaboraciones a nivel internacional! 

    Esperamos que nuestro libro este listo durante el verano!  En Febrero 2021 celebraremos nuestro segundo simposio: El poder de la mujer en las Ciencias  para el cual le extendemos nuestra  invitación!

     

     
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    Julián Vélez

    Undergraduate Student
    May 9, 2020 | 05:38 p.m.

    ¡Una iniciativa admirable y sumamente necesaria! Les deseo el mayor de los éxitos con su tremenda labor.

     
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    Lauren Fernández-Vega

    Graduate Student
    May 10, 2020 | 02:57 p.m.

    Esta ha sido una de las más ha impactado mi vida académica! Ver como todas esas mujeres talentosas han logrado hacerce camino contra toda adversidad y han sobresalido en todos los campos de la ciencia, es realmente inspirador. Debemos seguir demostrando todo lo que somos capaces y no dejarnos limitar!! Somos poderosas, somos mujeres!

     
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    Ashley Vazquez Negron

    Co-Presenter
    May 11, 2020 | 10:35 a.m.

    Lauren, 

    Me uno a tus palabras, esta iniciativa ha sido de mucho crecimiento para todas. Y, sin duda alguna, nos ha abierto las puertas para descubrir nuevas oportunidades. 

     
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    Amarilys García

    May 11, 2020 | 10:49 a.m.

    Excelente trabajo e iniciativa.  Gracias por motivar y empoderar con su ejemplo a otros jóvenes.  He visto como trabajan y siento mucho orgullo, esperanza y alegría al ver como realizan cada acción con tanta dedicación y esmero.  Sigan adelante!!!!

     
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    Liz Diaz- Vazquez

    Lead Presenter
    Associate Professor- Researcher
    May 11, 2020 | 11:24 a.m.

     The aim of our initiative is to encourage girls and women to look beyond the lab coats and to see the possibilities for careers in STEAM.  The participants had the opportunity to listen to role models that told inspiring anecdotes of their journeys in science, their challenges, and their triumphs, and answered questions from the audience, including some thought-provoking questions from our girls and young women. 

    In addition, the participants rotated through several activities on the day. One of the activities that was a highlight for the students was the Science Expo, where they participated in fun and hands on demonstrations presented by the university student’s associations and nonprofit organizations. In the Science expo they were exposed to the many ways we encounter science in our everyday lives and practiced their problem-solving skills to work towards solutions. In the afternoon participants received orientation about research opportunities and the different STEAM academic programs.

     This initiative not only provided a space for young women to interact with role models, it also provided  our undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to  use their talents to deliver an empowering message to the next generation, and learn about the importance of using our knowledge to the service of society. Also, it was an opportunity to improve their communication skills, raise their voice for better opportunities and even explore new career options.

     
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    Keyla Hidalgo

    K-12 Teacher
    May 11, 2020 | 01:48 p.m.

    Excelente video, mis estudiantes quedaron impactadas de poder conocer a tantas cientificas y entrevistarlas. Esta iniciativa es muy importante para los jovenes ya que les permite identificar posibles areas de estudios en sus carreras. Entre los testimonios de mis estudiantes, esta actividad les ayudo a conocer carreras y oportunidades que tienen las mujeres en las ciencias. Ademas las inspiro a buscar mas informacion para su preparacion hacia la universidad.

     
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    Liz Diaz- Vazquez

    Lead Presenter
    Associate Professor- Researcher
    May 12, 2020 | 01:13 a.m.

    Que alegría saber que esta iniciativa inspiro y motivo  a sus estudiantes a seguir carreras en STEM! Próximamente compartiremos con todos los participantes nuestro libro!

     
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    Namir Huertas

    Graduate Student
    May 11, 2020 | 01:48 p.m.

     Excelente! Estuve presente en la actividad y compartir con mujeres latinas exitosas en su area de STEAM fue una inspiración para muchos.  

     
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    Lorna Figueroa

    May 11, 2020 | 01:49 p.m.

    Muchas felicidades. Son un orgullo para nuestra patria 

     
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    Clauida Ruiz-Diaz

    Researcher
    May 11, 2020 | 02:03 p.m.

    Excelente, muy buena iniciativa!!!

     
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    Viviana Vazquez

    May 12, 2020 | 01:38 a.m.

    Thank you for this video and this initiative in helping introduce more women into the STEAM field. It is important for young women to see that there are in fact many successful women in STEAM and that they can achieve anything they set their minds to just as they did. As a Latina who majored in the STEM field, I understand the importance and benefits of seeing people that look like you being successful in their area of study, so thank you once again for your efforts, because we can always benefit from seeing more Latinas in science! Wonderful video!

     
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    Dr. Carmen Noemi Cintron

    Co-Presenter
    May 12, 2020 | 08:21 a.m.

    En febrero 2021 sera el proximo simposio.  Seguimos colaborando y con los brazos abiertos para contar con su participacion, recibir sugerencias y mantener la energia.  

     
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  • May 12, 2020 | 09:51 a.m.

    Thank you for these projects to allow young women to see themselves as scientists, by seeing others like themselves actively pursuing their interests and dreams. When people stop envisioning scientists solely as a white male in a lab coat, a virtual door opens that may even welcome them in. Great video.

     
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    Alexandra Medina-Borja

    Researcher
    May 12, 2020 | 10:10 a.m.

    Excelente!  Adelante!

     
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    Jonathan Lewis

    Higher Ed Faculty
    May 12, 2020 | 11:37 a.m.

    Very nice work!  Coming from the geoscience community (which has a dismal record on matters of diversity, equity and inclusion), I would appreciate your team pointing interested participants toward continued study in geoscience fields that are critical to Puerto Rico, including coastal management, hydrogeology, geohazards, geochemistry.  Thanks for your empowering efforts.

     
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    Jessika Pazol

    Graduate Student
    May 12, 2020 | 12:03 p.m.

    Excellent initiative and work!

    I am very proud of you all.

     
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    Liz Diaz- Vazquez

    Lead Presenter
    Associate Professor- Researcher
    May 12, 2020 | 07:37 p.m.

    Thank you all, for a week full of emotions and excitement, for sharing our initiative and learning from other wonderfull projects! Looking foward for our new collaborations and to see all of you next year in our Symposium!

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