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School of Education professor encourages local girl students to pursue STEM dreams

Headshot of Dr. Rosalyn Hargraves
Dr. Rosalyn Hobson Hargraves, interim department co-chair and associate professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning, recently participated in the Girls Innovate program at Richmond’s St. Catherine’s School.

At the event, which was part of the school’s 125th anniversary celebration, Hargraves spoke to a group of 1,000 local elementary, middle and high school girls to encourage them to pursue their career goals in STEM fields.

One of the largest all-girls schools in the country, St. Catherine’s School created the Girls Innovate program to serve as a prototype for other schools and organizations to educate and inspire girls and women about the options open to them in STEM careers.

Other speakers at the event included Danielle Feinberg, the director of photography and lighting for Pixar Animation Studios; Reshma Saujani, the founder and CEO of Girls Who Code; and a performance from iLuminate, an entertainment company who combine wireless technology with exhilarating dance choreography.

For more information about the event, check out WRIC’s broadcast and news article, as well as Richmond Magazine’s recap of the event.