Learn to Be an Ally to Girls and Women in STEM

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There is a growing need for male allies to advocate for greater gender equity in the STEM fields. Male allies advocate for and work to create more inclusive environments or cultures that will ultimately benefit everyone. Research shows that when men are deliberately engaged in gender inclusion programs, organizations see progress. However, there is often uncertainty about the most effective ways for men to support and advocate for girls and women in STEM.

This webinar recording features strategies and resources (including the Male Allies Toolkit from NCWIT) that male parents, educators, and professionals can use to become effective allies to girls and women pursuing STEM.

The Learn to Be an Ally to Girls and Women in STEM webinar was hosted by NGCP on June 6, 2023.


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Joanne Esch

Senior Research Associate, National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT) 

As a Senior Research Associate at NCWIT, Joanne Esch supports Workforce Alliance members in using research-based, systemic approaches to build inclusive cultures. Her work focuses on increasing the collective knowledge base about what works in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) and implementing research-based insights to create lasting change. She especially enjoys developing new tools and technologies to help teams learn, grow, connect, and strategize. Prior to coming to NCWIT in 2017, Joanne’s research and professional activities focused on supporting just, equitable, and effective administration of public services. Joanne holds a master's degree in organizational communication and is a Ph.D. candidate in the same field.

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Snehal Bhakta

Career and Technical Education (CTE) Administrator for the Clark County School District

Snehal is a CTE Administrator employed for the 5th largest school district in the country, Clark County School District (CCSD) focusing on ensuring Nevada’s future workforce is prepared for success. Snehal has worked on projects related to increasing student and community participation with National Job Shadow Day, started an Annual Student Workforce & Innovation Summit for seniors, promoted growth of Career & Technical Student Organizations, and leads CCSD’s #GirlsinSTEM and #GirlsinTECH Initiative as well as supporting STEM Equity and Diversity programs across 59 middle and 47 high schools especially for those students that are underserved and underrepresented.

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Joshua Sneideman

VP Learning Blade, Father, Author, & Girls in STEM Advocate

Joshua Sneideman is Vice President at Learning Blade focusing on district and school-wide implementation strategies. A former Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow at the Department of Energy in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, he received recognition from the Secretary of Energy, Ernest Moniz, for his efforts to increase minority participation in STEM education. He is the author of multiple award-winning STEM education books and has provided PD to NASA, NOAA, Smithsonian, US Department of Education, and more.

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