In today’s tech-driven society, businesses need innovative employees trained in the STEM disciplines (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) who can work collaboratively to solve customer problems.
A culture of innovation derives from diversity. When professionals of different backgrounds and experiences contribute unique perspectives and different approaches to problem-solving, organizations flourish.
The Women of SU Alumni Chapter is dedicated to connecting women in the spirit of Jesuit tradition by promoting leadership and empowerment, encouraging service and philanthropy, and providing opportunities for personal and professional growth. This scholarship fund, established by the Women of SU, will provide scholarships to SU undergraduate students who are enrolled full-time in a STEM-related major or program, are in junior or senior standing, and who demonstrate financial need. Special consideration will be given to underrepresented students majoring in STEM fields, especially women, provided that this consideration supports the educational benefit of diversity.
“You can’t design a product with input from just one gender. You need all points of view just as you need age and racial diversity, too, to capture different ideas. You’re not designing for one person.”
- Agnieszka Miguel, Associate Professor and Chair, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Seattle University has set a high bar for getting more female students to enroll in highly technical majors, according to Michael J. Quinn, Dean of the College of Science & Engineering. SU is the only university in the U.S. with women chairing all of its Engineering and Computer Science Departments. Prospective students can see that SU is a place where the contributions of women are valued, and women can be successful as students and as faculty members.
Forty-two percent of the faculty and 43 percent of the students in SU’s College of Science and Engineering are women. Though these numbers show the university to be moving in the right direction, there is more to be done to attract women and underrepresented students to STEM education.
Please support our immediate goal to fully fund the endowment ($50,000) with a contribution – no amount is too small! Your generosity will help today’s STEM students to become tomorrow’s leaders in science and technology through the gift of education.
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