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One in Five

College is a time of exciting change and transition for many young adults all across America. This time comes with many new experiences, such as moving away from home, thinking about possible careers and meeting an overload of new people. When it comes time to move in on campus, meeting so many people can feel overwhelming…

Take Five

Every week here at the Women’s Center, we are constantly finding interesting videos, articles, and news stories that are directly related to issues of equality, diversity, social justice, etc. We encourage all of you to take five minutes or so to check out  five finds on our radar: For thought: 14-Year-Old Pakistani Girl Malala Yousufzai…

Women in STEM Fields – Part III: Why we need women in STEM and what we can do

By Guest Contributor Aparna Ramen Why Do We Need Women in STEM Fields? Attracting and retaining more women in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workforce will maximize innovation, creativity, and competitiveness. Many STEM fields are high-growth fields. o      Many science and engineering occupations are predicted to grow faster than the average rate for…

Women in STEM Fields – Part II: Why So Few?

By Guest Contributor Aparna Ramen Last time, we looked over some educational statistics on women in STEM fields. We saw that women were greatly underrepresented in these fields nationally, with less than half as many female students as male students entering STEM fields, and the odds of attrition for women students in those fields being…

Women in STEM Fields – Part I: The Stats (B)

By Guest Contributor Aparna Ramen So we saw (in my previous post) that women were greatly underrepresented in many STEM fields throughout the nation. Fewer women entered and remained in STEM fields. What about here at the U of M? Surely women are better represented here in those fields? After all, we have the nation’s…

Women in STEM Fields – Part I: The Stats (A)

By Guest Contributor Aparna Ramen When I began volunteering at the U of M’s Women’s Center last year, I decided to research women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields for several reasons. First, as a neuroscience major, I am studying and will be pursuing a science/medical career in a STEM field. Secondly, nearly…

Stories: On Microaggressions & Being a Latina Graduate Student

By Guest Contributor Theresa Mensinger I started my academic adventure after leaving a nine-year active duty career with the military.  Born and raised in Minnesota, the military provided a reprieve from this ultimately undiversified state. Then graduate school brought me back to Minnesota reality.   I was back to being one of the few persons of…

Thrifty and Green

By Guest Contributor Krista Blasier When embarking on the college journey, students usually arrive in the fall with a very large desire to express their individuality through their living arrangements, but with a very small pocketbook.  Now, don’t you fret your pretty little heads; I have an amazing solution to this sticky little situation.  Let…