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CLEVELAND, Miss.— The American Association of University Women (AAUW) of Cleveland, Miss. is hosting Tech Savvy, a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workshop for sixth through ninth grade girls from around the area from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on March 24 at Delta State University. The structure of the program supports AAUW’s research, which aims to increase participation by women in STEM fields.

Dr. Glendscene Williams, Interim Chair of the Division of Accounting, Computer Information Systems and Finance, said, “If we’re to increase and diversify the number of women in STEM careers, we must start at younger ages getting them excited about math and science. Our approach must be engaging, where innovation and interaction are intertwined, creating a fun experience while increasing the knowledge to change their world all at the same time.”

Delta State University has hosted six Tech Savvy Conferences. This year’s program will feature a digital escape room and workshops in aviation, engineering, physical therapy, geospatial caching, coding, music production, nursing, fingerprint analysis and much more. The keynote speaker will be Rhunda Amstead of Cigna, a global health service company.

Dr. Williams said, “Each girl will be able to attend at least three of the workshops while they are here. Following the opening session, each girl will get a t-shirt, books and related paraphernalia. The presenters of the workshops are primarily professional women who do this type of work on a daily basis.” For more information about AAUW, visit their website at

For more information about the Tech Savvy workshop, contact Dr. Glendscene Williams at or 662-846-4192.