Governor Terry McAuliffe serving as the First Governor to be the Honorary Chair for Million Women Mentors® for Virginia.

Terry McAuliffeMWM – VA Secures the Governor to serve as honorary chair to support Virginia’s efforts toward reaching their pledge goal. He is the first Governor to serve as an Honorary Chair for MWM.

WASHINGTON D.C. July 23, 2015 – Today Virginia announced that Governor Terry McAuliffe will be the First Governor to be the Honorary Chair for the Million Women Mentors® (MWM) effort in Virginia! Governor Terry McAuliffe’s support will be instrumental in growing the movement to reach the 3000 pledges for the state. The leadership team for MWM –VA is currently focusing on growing the higher education sector for the MWM Effort, which makes Governor McAuliffe a perfect fit. Education is at the heart of Governor McAuliffe’s policies, and he recognizes the importance of STEM as a focus within education systems. The Governor advocates for non-traditional education methods to ensure students are ready for the workforce. Million Women Mentors is connecting students to industry through mentorship opportunities.

“In order to build a new Virginia economy, we need to equip our students with the skills they need to fill the jobs of today and create the jobs of tomorrow. Providing girls and women with mentors through the Million Women Mentors movement will support getting more women into these high demand STEM positions. I am proud to be the first governor to serve as the Honorary Chair for the Million Women Mentors effort in our state.”

-Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe

The MWM – VA Leadership Team is excited to begin working with the Governor, whose role as the Honorary Chair is to advocate for MWM inclusion in the conversation for education in STEM as well as keeping girls and women as a focus in STEM fields.

To learn more on how you can participate in your state’s efforts please register at the website www.MillionWomenMentors.org. A full update on the efforts of Virginia and the other 30 states, which have joined the MWM initiative, will be released this September.

About Million Women Mentors: Launched on January 8th, 2014, MWM is the collective action of over 58 national partners and 30 corporate sponsors (as of July 2014) designed to increase the number of girls and women within the high school to work age continuum that persist and succeed in STEM programs and careers. For more information on MWM, please visit www.MillionWomenMentors.org.

About STEMconnector®: STEMconnector® is a consortium of over 110 companies, associations, academic institutions and government entities concerned with STEM education and the future of human capital. STEMconnector® focuses on the STEM workforce and jobs, with a particular emphasis on diversity and women. Our work spans the entire pipeline (Kindergarten to Jobs) and how STEM education experiences translate into careers. For more information, visit www.STEMconnector.org.



March 19 STEAM Night was a huge success. International Association of STEM Leaders-MU student chapter, pre-service teachers, and ENLIST students worked tirelessly and diligently to make this a success.

The students at Fort Belvoir Elementary School weren’t the only ones inspired by Thursday night’s STEAM/Science Fair. Marymount University’s Gianna Fogelbach was inspired as well.

“Working with these children reminds me of why I’m doing what I’m doing,” said Fogelbach, a senior from Germantown, Maryland. “They’re so engaged and serious and ask incredibly intelligent questions. It’s not only fun for them but it’s obvious that they truly want to better their understanding of science.”

Fogelbach was one of 70 MU education majors who helped out with 15 different hands-on activities related to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art/Design and Math). More than 500 children, parents and other family members packed the school’s gym for the fifth annual event from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Fogelbach and Ashley Yuan, a junior from Reston, worked at a table where students learned how to recycle newspaper by chopping it up in a blender, adding water, dye and glitter, then straining it to dry.

“They loved it because they could touch it and make a big mess,” Yuan said. “We would get a smile out of them right away, and their excitement was contagious.”

Other activities ranged from making stomp rockets from plastic bottles and Alka-Seltzer to creating oobleck, a substance that’s not quite a liquid or a solid. Dr. Eric Bubar, a Marymount assistant professor of physical sciences, did experiments with electricity and demonstrated inertia by spinning the Fort Belvoir students on stools.

Thanks to the work of Marymount Professor of Education Dr. Usha Rajdev, the university has partnered with the elementary school for five years. In addition to events like the one held Thursday night, MU students shadow Fort Belvoir teachers and conduct hands-on after-school activities.

At the science fair, students in kindergarten through sixth grade entered projects.

Third-grader Beatrice Devlin, age 8, was attending for the second straight year.

“I like science in school because we get to do a lot of experiments,” she said. “The best thing I like about it is if you mess up, you get to try and do it again.”

Nancy Rowland, the school’s STEAM program coordinator, said the Marymount students make a huge difference at Fort Belvoir.

“Their dedication is remarkable,” Rowland said. “They come in force, are energetic and have such a love for science and the children. They’re going to be wonderful professionals and will make a real difference out in the workplace.”

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