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College Chapters for sustainable mentoring relationships November 9, 2009

Posted by jburnstein in Chapters.
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In the beginning of September, I went to a conference at Simmons College called ‘The Girls’ Initiative: Practice, Policy & Promise’. The first workshop I went to was with Mia Roberts, the COO of Big Sister Boston, on mentoring relationships between women and girls. She said that the biggest difference between male and female mentoring relationships is that girls require a much higher level of trust with their mentor for the relationship to impact them in a positive, lasting way. This trust is built only through a committed, long-lasting mentoring relationship.

It is with this workshop in mind that Science Club for Girls is working to build several chapters at local colleges and universities. Our hope is that these chapters will bring together a community of women in science, who are committed to dedicating themselves to a certain group of girls for one or two or three years, following them through the grades, rather than for only a single semester at a time.

Another advantage to the college chapter model is that these students can host SCFG events on campus, like our quarterly Show Me The Science fair. Also, we hope that these communities will encourage our college-age Mentors to stay working in Science, Math and Technology.

The process is different at every school for establishing a new Student Organization, and so far we have six student champions at four different schools working out the logistics to make it happen. Lori Fingerhut and Danielle Pike are at Tufts; Emily Conn is at MIT; Tia Oliver and Patricia Greene are at Brandeis; and Regina Tahk is at Wellesley. Thank you for all your hard work!

If you are interested in starting a chapter at your college or university, get in touch with Jules (jburnstein@scienceclubforgirls.org).

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