Digital Divas is a series of programs founded at Eastern Michigan University in 2010 to encourage girls to explore areas in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). Programming used to encourage and engage middle and high school girls are: conferences, summer camps, mentoring opportunities, and interview series. With the use of the campus of Eastern Michigan University, we are able to impact many middle and high school girls where they can explore STEM in a supportive environment. Today Digital Divas is doing so much as they strive to create spaces for girls and women wanting to engage in STEM.
The goals of the Digital Divas program is to:
- Introduce middle and high school girls to careers in STEM
- Recruit more girls into STEM majors in post-secondary education
- Give access to underrepresented female populations in STEM
- Breakdown gender stereotypes regarding STEM majors & careers
- Encourage ethical and safe behaviors in texting, emailing, social media, and online.
By using mentoring, role modeling, encouragement, and engagement, we hope more girls will explore majors & careers in STEM.
Because of the great success of the Digital Divas programs and the Michigan economy’s need for a skilled workforce, we have now expanded to offer programming for male middle and high school students. By offering a program for boys, Digital Dudes, EMU is helping to build awareness of STEM majors and careers for young men to consider after high school graduation. This program plans on targeting urban and rural schools lacking in the resources necessary to promote STEM education. This program will partner with at-risk males by engaging them in hands-on learning and exposure to a college campus environment in hopes to improve high school graduation rates and help build a pathway to college.
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In the News
$500,000 annual donation to EMU Youth STEM Programs
Introducing Young Women to STEM
EMU hosts Digital Divas Conference Promoting STEM Fields
Watch a recap of our April 12, 2019 high school conference.
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