The Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation believes that Girls in Engineering (“girls” includes cis girls, trans girls, nonbinary youth, gender nonconforming youth, and genderqueer youth) programs can contribute significantly to the national need for increased women’s representation in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
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Increasing access to, and representation in, STEM fields for women, and especially for women of color, is essential not only for the larger goal of creating social equality for men and women, but also for efforts to solve the most difficult technological challenges of our time. When women are not involved in science and technology, the experiences, insights, and needs unique to women are overlooked and innovation is limited.
To address this gender gap, the Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation seeks to enhance and/or establish college and university supported Girls in Engineering (GIE) summer programming for middle school students. GIE programs bring together middle school girls from the college or university’s local community, especially those in underserved areas, to engage in hands-on learning in the STEM field. The goal of GIE programs is to broaden interest in engineering through engaging projects, exposure to STEM college and career pathways, and meetings with engineers and university faculty and researchers. By giving young women the structure and support needed to access and excel in engineering, GIE programs promote the ultimate goal of achieving gender equity in STEM fields.
The Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation also recognizes that, while all girls lack representation in STEM fields, there is an additional barrier for low-income girls who cannot afford to engage in the kind of programming we want to support. Because of this, the Foundation seeks to support organizations that are providing free programming to low-income girls. There is also a lack of representation for women of color in STEM fields, and, as a result, the Foundation would like for programs to have an emphasis on empowering girls of color.
What We Look For
The Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation would like to support colleges and universities that show a commitment to Girls in Engineering programs through institutional support and a dedicated plan for sustainability. We look for programs that incorporate the following components through existing (or proposed) guidelines:
Please note: The Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation is not afraid of the word feminism! We encourage you to openly discuss your feminist programming, goals, or approach.
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