Branch/State STEM Chair Position Description
The science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education chair serves on an AAUW branch or state board. The purpose of the role is to champion women’s representation in STEM by encouraging women and girls to pursue these educational and career fields. Chairs are expected to initiate and participate in local STEM events and be effective communicators for AAUW’s STEM research and programmatic efforts.
Responsibilities to Your Branch/State Organization
- Develop an action plan for STEM education outreach and events that includes specific, measureable goals
- Ensure that STEM education outreach and events are included in the state or branch budget
- Encourage AAUW branch and state leaders to carry out STEM programs by applying for national Tech Trek and Tech Savvy pilot program grants or grant opportunities at the state and local levels
- Serve on national Tech Trek or Tech Savvy state/branch committees, if applicable
- Volunteer at national Tech Trek, Tech Savvy, and AAUW branch STEM events that occur in your state
- Attend local STEM conferences, distribute information about AAUW programs and research, network with local STEM-focused groups, and explore other opportunities to collaborate at the local level
- Speak to community groups about AAUW research and STEM programs
- Encourage branch and state organizations to promote local STEM events on national social media outlets such as the AAUW STEM Facebook page and Twitter feed
- Bring successful STEM branch events to the attention of the AAUW national office and STEM Task Force via social media
- Publicize AAUW STEM activities at your state convention
- Familiarize yourself with AAUW STEM educational programs and materials and be prepared to discuss the benefits of STEM engagement with branch/state organizations and community members
Responsibilities to Branches in Your State
- Establish a communication schedule with other STEM chairs in your state; regular contact will help support branch efforts and ensure that branch programs stay on track
- Assist AAUW branches in implementing STEM events as a leader volunteer
- Publicize successful STEM events via state and national social media
Responsibilities to AAUW and the STEM Task Force
- Notify AAUW national staff and the STEM Task Force of STEM programs conducted at either the local or state level via social media
- Speak to AAUW branches about AAUW programs and research, and encourage branches to promote local STEM events via AAUW national social media outlets
- Assist AAUW national STEM Task Force with surveys of members, branches, or states on STEM events and activities
Leadership Skills Helpful to the Position
- A good candidate will be skilled at planning and goal setting, program planning and development, communications, team building, coalition building, public speaking, thinking outside the box, and consensus building. Candidates should also have a passion for STEM education and equity for women and girls.
Along with a commitment to spend whatever time is necessary to accomplish the above responsibilities, STEM chairs should expect to serve on the branch or state board of directors and to attend state conventions and board meetings. STEM chairs are strongly encouraged to attend the AAUW national biennial convention and local STEM events and activities.
STEM chairs host programs for local girls with their branches and state leadership, assist with expansion of the national AAUW Tech Trek and Tech Savvy programs, and spread the word about AAUW’s research in STEM.
Understand the responsibilities of all AAUW board members and volunteer leaders.
AAUW branches across the country empower girls in their communities with programs that build confidence in male-dominated STEM fields.