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Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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Each year, the American Association of University Women brings representatives from Our House, Inc. to Delta State University to help with domestic violence awareness. October is recognized as Domestic Violence Awareness Month across the nation.

AAUW distributed 500 purple ribbon stickers on Oct. 6 along with information about Our House, the agency that oversees the local domestic shelter.

Shelter relationship advocate Rejenia Bell and volunteer coordinator Patricia Edwards also brought information about the issue to distribute to Delta State students.

“This years’ theme for the Cleveland branch of AAUW was ‘Men Wear Purple Too,’” said Dr. Glendscene Williams, AAUW president Dr. Glendscene Williams. “We often reached out to women as advocates to find out that the message from male advocates’ is just as powerful. They are more than willing to walk a mile in our shoes if it will help stop the violence.”

The group also plans to host a self-defense training Oct. 20 at 6:30 p.m. on campus.

Tech Savvy Conference

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The Cleveland, Mississippi Branch of AAUW in collaboration with Delta State University will host Tech Savvy, a one-day STEM conference for girls in grades 6-9 on Saturday, March 1, 2014.  This conference will provide hands-on activities in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.  Online registration will begin in January 2014.  See AAUW Tech Savvy for more details.

Tech Savvy is a daylong science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) career conference designed to attract girls in sixth through ninth grade to these fields and to inform families about STEM education and careers.
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Dynamic math and science program hosted on campus

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Delta State will host Tech Savvy, a conference sponsored by the American Association of University Women (AAUW), for young girls on March 1 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tech Savvy is a national pilot program designed for girls to experience firsthand how science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields can lead to exciting careers.

The workshop is geared toward girls in grades six to nine. A $5 fee includes breakfast, lunch and t-shirt for participants. Special sessions for parents and family will also be held for college and career path guidance. Girls and parents can register online or find printer-friendly registration forms at http://cleveland-ms.aauw.net/welcome/tech-savvy/. The deadline for registration is Feb. 13.

The Mississippi Tech Savvy conference is one of 10 pilot programs nationwide. The pilot program, which furthers AAUW’s commitment to widening the pipeline for women in STEM, is funded in part by grants from the Praxair Foundation.

President of the Cleveland Branch of AAUW Dr. Glendscene Williams is coordinating the conference.

“First Lady Michelle Obama said we need all hands on deck to remove the hurdles for women and girls if we want to be more innovative and educated than the rest of the world, so Delta State University is putting all boots on the ground and bringing Tech Savvy to the Mississippi Delta. The question of where are the girls will no longer be,” said Williams.

The structure and activities of Tech Savvy support and further the goals and best practices described in AAUW’s highly acclaimed and influential research report “Why So Few? Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.”

“Tech Savvy is a crucial program to prepare and empower the next generation of girls to enter into these fields and increase our nation’s science and technology talent pool,” said AAUW Executive Director Linda D. Hallman, CAE. “Women benefit from highly stable, well-paying jobs, while the STEM industry gains diverse perspectives. It’s win-win for the American economy.”

To find out more information, register for the event or donate to the conference, please visit http://cleveland-ms.aauw.net/ or call 662-846-4233.