I don’t know how many times I have talked to educators who told me they have tried to increase the number of women in STEM but their efforts just didn’t work, so they stopped trying. “What did you do?” I’ll say. “Oh we put up a flyer,” or “We had an open house that few women came to,” is often the kind of response I get. Well, I know that there are at least 24 major evidence-based recruitment strategies they might have tried. (I know this from the STEM Program Readiness Assessment for Women and Girls that we are developing. Look out for more about the Assessment coming soon!)
It’s interesting to me, the same technology educators who might stay up all night trying to figure out how to make a computer program work, and are very familiar with the world of work-a-rounds, just give up when the first thing they try doesn’t work to recruit more women or girls to STEM. Why is that? I’d love your comments and thoughts about this.
PS If you’d like to learn what those 24 strategies are, check out our online training.