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Women of Color in STEM​: A Networking​ Event

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Thursday, March 31, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.​, Bruininks Hall, University of Minnesota East Bank Campus​, RSVP requested​

The purpose of this event is to help connect underrepresented undergraduate women in STEM fields with professional women in STEM, and expose them to the various careers that are available to them. They may ask you a variety of questions regarding you and your career. This event is informal, but it will be a valuable experience for these students to network and learn.

Sponsored by MSTEM, Women in Science Engineering Initiative in the College of Science and Engineering, and the Women's Center at the University of Minnesota.

Engineering students building a mobile lactation station as their senior design project

Monday, February 22, 2016

A group of Mechanical Engineering students at the University of Minnesota have taken on building a mobile lactation station for their senior design class project. The project was initiated by the Student Parent HELP Center and the Lactation Advocacy Committee. The goal of the Lactation Pod (or LacPod) Project is to produce the first full size working Lactation Pod that will be implemented at the University of Minnesota to demonstrate it’s usefulness and gain momentum towards the future production of more pods. Read more about the project and the students who are involved on their website.


Extension helps bridge gaps through 4-H campus immersion

Monday, February 22, 2016

Many young people aspire to go to college, but there’s a gap between aspirations for higher education and actually enrolling. This is an important gap to address because lower levels of educational attainment are associated with higher levels of poverty. University of Minnesota Extension's CYFAR (Children, Youth and Families at Risk) team knows that, in order to keep young teens on track, learning needs to engage them regardless of the circumstances in their lives. Read the full Extension story.


To Want the Tough Conversations

Thursday, February 18, 2016
For years, U of M psychology professor Richard Lee has studied family dynamics in the United States, and in particular families who have internationally adopted Korean children. While only about 5-10 percent of Koreans nationwide are adopted, in Minnesota that figure is estimated at around 50 percent.

As he became immersed in that community he noticed one thing in particular—that parents “really had a hard time knowing how to talk about ethnic and racial differences in the family,” he says, “and how to help their kids deal with the racism in society that they’re going to encounter, and are encountering.”

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