Collaborative Scenarios

Scenario One for a Potential Collaborative

Collaborative X serves a statewide region on the Gulf coast. The Convening Organization is a university that hosts a STEM summer program for girls, as well as other initiatives designed to encourage more women and to enter STEM fields.

The Collaborative Lead is a full-time university staff person and the director of the STEM summer program. The university has committed 10% of this person’s time to Collaborative activities. The coordinator is able to carry out most of the Collaborative work within her ongoing tasks, including making connections with other organizations that are working with gender equity and STEM, disseminating information about the project, and helping to plan events. The university program recognizes the need to work more closely with other universities, organizations, and businesses in the two-state region in order to be more effective in this field. Being a part of the NGCP helps the university achieve this goal.

The Collaborative Leadership team consists of seven individuals representing a variety of organizations across the state, including a science museum, representatives from the local Society of Women Engineers chapter, Girl Scout Council, and the state Department of Education. The leadership team members are able to spend a limited amount of time as part of their job roles helping the collaborative. Their organizations also see the benefit to being involved in the collaborative.

Scenario Two for a Potential Collaborative

Collaborative Y serves two small Northeastern states. The collaborative is based at a small girl-serving organization that provides after school and summer enrichment programs that include hands-on learning, mentors, and leadership opportunities in STEM.

The Collaborative Lead is the Convening Organization’s Executive Director and has a background in science education, regularly collaborating with other out-of-school-time programs for girls in STEM. Being a part of NGCP provides the convening organization with an opportunity to take regional leadership in initiating and expanding girls-in-STEM activities.

The Collaborative Leadership team consists of six individuals representing a variety of organizations across the two states, including a university admissions outreach manager, an AAUW board member, executive director of a local Boys and Girls Club, university professor, and a director on the Commission on the Status of Women.