2013–14 Campus Action Project Teams
Using the CAP grant funding, students will put into action the recommendations from AAUW’s 2013 research report Women in Community Colleges: Access to Success to do the following:
- Support student parents.
- Increase the number of women in nontraditional fields, including science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
- Address the issues facing students transferring into a four-year institution.
Here’s a look at each team’s project and community plan.
Recruiting Women in STEM in New Jersey
County College of Morris
The team will develop brochures for STEM academic programs, design the women in STEM academic website, prepare materials for a spring open house to recruit new students, and help select the two keynote speakers for the speakers’ series on studying STEM fields for future and current County College of Morris students. The project concludes with a field trip to the Museum of Mathematics in New York City.
Showing Moms the Power of STEM in Connecticut
Gateway Community College
To address the underrepresentation of women in STEM careers, the Gateway Community College team will launch a comprehensive program with a special focus on women students and their daughters. The participants will participate in workshops and take field trips to STEM employers in the region.
Helping Transfer Students and Finding STEM Mentors in New Mexico
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
The team will address women’s enrollment in STEM fields and the issues facing community college transfer students. The project aims to provide mentors in STEM fields to women from five community colleges to encourage their transfer to New Mexico Tech, a science and engineering university.
Supporting Student Parents in Pennsylvania
Northampton Community College
The team will support student parents by launching a series of four workshops that will provide them with resources to help them graduate. The workshops will be delivered by community experts and will focus on the following topics: choosing and affording child care; child development milestones; balancing school, life, and work; and self-care. By hosting these workshops for student parents, Northampton Community College will create a supportive relationship between the college and student parents.
Connecting Student Parents with Mentors in Connecticut
Norwalk Community College
The team will address the issues that women student parents face and work to increase the transfer rates of these women to four-year institutions. Through a selective mentoring program, student-parent alumnae from the community college will provide resources and a one-on-one support system to help current student parents graduate from the community college and transfer to a four-year institution.
Developing Partnerships for Parents in Florida
Seminole State College
The team will develop institutional partnerships with child-care centers and after-school programs to address the lack of access to quality child care for student parents. The team will develop a campus-wide campaign to disseminate information on child-care facilities and other funding sources to assist students.
Seminole State College is generously sponsored by Susan Barley.
Exploring STEM Careers for Women in New York
Suffolk County Community College
The team will address the lack of women in STEM fields through a series of programs to showcase specific career fields in STEM that women can — and alumnae have — pursued. The team plans to provide students with the opportunity to connect with professionals in STEM fields in order to positively impact potential academic and career goals.
Matching Students with Student Mentors in Ohio
University of Cincinnati
Transferring from a community college to a four-year institution and the representation of women in STEM are critical issues for the University of Cincinnati’s team. To address these two issues, the team plans to develop a peer mentoring program that matches students in a four-year institution to those in community college by academic disciplines. Mentors will serve as role models, offer encouragement and support, and spend time with mentees.
Vance-Granville Community College
The team will address the barriers women face in transferring from a community college to a four-year institution. This project will provide workshops for women students on the following topics: completing a degree, self-care, and professional appearance. Read more »
Expanding Mentoring Services for Community College Students in Washington
Washington State University
The team will expand mentoring services between Washington State University and Community Colleges of Spokane to address barriers such as finding affordable and reliable child care, understanding financial assistance options, and navigating the complex financial aid process.
Exploring the Needs of Student Parents in Hawaii
Windward Community College
The team will address the support needed for student parents. The project will conduct a survey of student parents to gather information to design child-care services and to gauge their knowledge of existing financial subsidies.
Want to get in contact with this year’s teams, or learn more about the CAP program? Call 202.785.7737, or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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