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Georgia Tech Students Develop Stempower to Mentor Fourth- and Fifth-Grade Girls in STEM

Stempower Becomes New Outreach Initiative of the Center for the Study of Women, Science, and Technology

When five Georgia Tech students — Brenna Fromayan, Natalie Leonard, Wendy Ng, Anokhi Patel, and Kaitlin Rizk — co-founded Stempower in 2014, they wanted to boost the flagging self-confidence of young women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields, despite their natural interest and ability.

“As women pursuing STEM degrees from Georgia Tech, Stempower was personally relevant to all of us from the beginning,” remarked Leonard, an undergraduate in the School of Psychology. “The majority of the co-founders had a role model who provided direct encouragement. Yet for girls growing up without a role model, where can they turn for support? We knew that we needed Stempower to fill this gap.”

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Student Spotlight: Elisa Schrader-Echeverri

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Black History Month Lecturer Janet Mock Explores the Rewards, Challenges, and Implications of Being Black and Trans

James Baldwin has said that American history is "longer, larger, more various, more beautiful" than many people realize. In the celebration of Black History Month, last week’s invited speaker focused on the overlooked contributions of queer black people.
Throughout her speech, Mock emphasized the importance of storytelling. “It gave me visibility and voice and allowed me to shift conversations such as living at the intersections of gender, race, and class, how restrictive gender expectations oppress us all, and the significance of media representation.”

She began with her own story of living in conflict as a young person to “express femininity in a culture that often demeans and devalues feminine people, is binary-prone, and mandates that if you are born with certain body parts, you are not allowed to express who you truly are.”

Mock said many black transgender women are struggling with interconnected issues of homelessness, joblessness, and lack of access to health care and education. “Our history as trans and queer people of color fighting against poverty, policing, brutality, hunger, racism, misogyny, and HIV/AIDS is deep,” she said. “Yet despite the tragedies, there is great resilience in our communities.”

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Edge Workshop: Class Registration Tips
Wednesday, March 15
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 
Bill Moore Success Center (President's Suite A, B, C)
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Challenge Counselors
Apply by March 24
Decisions, interviews, and offers will begin March 6 and conclude March 31.

OMED: Educational Services welcomes students with a passion for supporting student success at Georgia Tech to serve as Challenge counselors for the 2017 Challenge Program. The Challenge Program will be run June 24 - July 28.
Save the Date - OMED Tower Awards
April 6
6:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center

The Tower Awards is an annual celebration designed to acknowledge and reaffirm students' academic achievements. 
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OMED Academic Support
Click here for the OMED Spring 2017 tutoring schedule. Email questions to Jarrad Reddick, Assistant Director - Academic Support Initiatives at

Bechtel Crowd Sourcing Opportunity
Can you design a rapidly deployed inflatable scaffold system?

Scaffolding, the temporary structure used by construction crews during the process of building or repairing a structure, is a necessary part of modern engineering. However, traditional scaffolding is heavy and time-intensive to set up. We believe that inflatable scaffolding is a real possibility in the near future, and that it can be cheaper, quicker, and safer than the current industry standard. Solutions will be awarded points for each of the criteria that are addressed. 
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3M Invent a New Future Challenge
Apply by March 10

The Invent a New Future Challenge is a case competition that tests the
problem-solving and communication skills of students pursuing a bachelors
or an advanced degree. Participants will be tasked with assessing a unique
3M situation, analyzing available information, crafting a solution, and defending
their recommendations. Throughout the challenge, students will acquire industry
knowledge, explore new career opportunities, broaden their network, and learn
more about 3M.
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BP Early Experience Programs - Real-World Opportunities For Students
Apply by March 16

Each year BP opens its doors to the new generation of high achievers. We offer
a range of programs where university students can hear from the brightest minds
in BP and learn from their experience as leaders in a multi-national company, participate
in trading simulations, or even be awarded a scholarship towards their studies. 

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The Black Burdell
Cultivating Entrepreneurs Scholarship 
Apply by March 17

Current and aspiring collegiate and high school student entrepreneurs in the Metro Atlanta area, get excited! Unlike any other scholarship, there are no long essays or rigorous interviews. The only prerequisites are a resume, our submission application and of course your business plan + pitch video. If you have any questions, please visit, or contact

The Dissertation Institute 
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
June 11 - 16
Apply by April 1

The Dissertation Institute is a week-long opportunity for underrepresented engineering doctoral students currently writing their dissertation or dissertation proposals. In this Institute, participants will be able to build new writing habits, work on their dissertation or dissertation proposal, and learn skills that will help them continue making progress when they return back to their institutions.

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Additional Student Events and Announcements
GT Unite
Monday, March 6
4:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m.
As part of Diversity Month this semester, the Residence Hall Association is hosting GT Unite, a huge gathering of many of the amazing organizations that we have on campus! Your organization will be given a table and a budget (up to ~$100, based on required materials) to host an activity of your choice for attendees to participate in. We hope these activities will showcase the purpose of your organization and give members of the campus community the chance to get a taste of the overwhelming diversity we foster on campus. Participants will earn stickers on a "passport" for visiting tables in order to redeem a GT Unite t-shirt.
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Women's Leadership Conference
Saturday, April 1
11:00 a.m.
Historic Academy of Medicine
The one-day conference offers workshops, speakers and discussions aimed at training female leaders on area campuses and in the Atlanta community. The new group of Georgia Tech students making up this year’s planning committee is eager to organize a successful and impacting conference again this year. 
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Free Confidential Financial Advice
Tuesdays and Thursdays
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
CRC Room 204
In need of financial advice? Schedule an appointment with a financial advisor brought to you by the Office of Health and Well-Being and the Student Government Association. Through April 13, all students are able to participate in this pilot program, and schedule a half-hour appointment for free. The sessions will provide confidential and individualized services for both undergraduate and graduate students.
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Lavender Graduation
Thursday, April 13
Reception: 6:0 p.m.
Ceremony: 6:30 p.m.
Gordy Room, Wardlaw Center

Every year in April, all members of the Georgia Tech community are invited to honor our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, inter-sex, asexual, and ally graduates at our annual Lavender Graduation celebration. Families of our graduating students are also welcome to attend.
The evening begins with a reception featuring light hors d'oeuvres and then our graduating LGBTQIA are honored in a special and memorable ceremony. 



The mission of the Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion is to provide programmatic and thought leadership, expertise, and advocacy to continue to promote the Institute's diverse student initiatives, programs, and efforts that facilitate our collective goal of student diversity and inclusion.

Please contact Institute Diversity Corporate Relations Manager Atira Rochester at to submit announcements for the CSDI Current.
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