Mentors Learn to Share Enthusiasm for Science with Young Girls

September 20, 2016

Kimberlee Hixon

Volunteers gathered at Simmons for another Science Club for Girls training to learn best practices for mentoring

For more than 10 years, Simmons College has partnered with Science Club for Girls (SCFG) in support of their mission to foster excitement, confidence, and literacy in STEM for girls.

This past Sunday, Simmons Community Engagement welcomed more than 70 women to campus on Sunday for another SCFG Volunteer Training.

Attendees participated in workshops focused on the inquiry method of teaching, supporting girls using the “nurtured heart approach,” and reflecting on diversity and inclusion. This unique training teaches volunteers how to mentor, teach, and share their enthusiasm for science with K-12 girls.

Kimberlee Hixon ’17, a student in the biochemistry program, kicked off the Sept. 18 event speaking about her experience and the encouragement she’s received at Simmons. She affirmed the work of the volunteers by reminding them, “We are all here for the same purpose: to share knowledge, be good role models, and provide examples of mentorship and leadership.”

Co-founded in 1994 by Mary McGowan ’75LS, SCFG works with girls to open their eyes to the world of science by bringing them together with women who have a passion to teach and inspire girls in STEM fields.

“Science Club for Girls is an important partner for Simmons,” says Director of Community Engagement Diane Hammer, “we are proud to work with an organization with core values so aligned with our own.” 

(Top: Kimberlee Hixon '17 speaks at SCFG training. Photo credit: Diane Hammer)

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