Project Update Supports AAUW STEM Outreach

Listening intently at the Greenburgh Public Library/NNYB

Listening intently at the Greenburgh Public Library/NNYB

“It’s amazing the way the build off the construction site and then bring pieces to the site and lift them in place,” Selena Barron commented after a recent presentation to the American Association of Women’s Westchester branch.

She and Program Co-vice president Stephanie Lemnios select speakers and topics that fit AAUW Westchester’s goal: to promote equal opportunity for women in all fields and to interest girls in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) programs.

“We heard him (Brian) speak last year and knew we wanted him to return again as the project progressed,” Barron, said. “The presentation was terrific. He answered all our questions and covered every aspect of it.”

”The New NY Bridge is a historic project that has generated enormous interest. The goal of all our public outreach meetings, like the discussion with the American Association of University Women, is to educate and inform everyone about the extraordinary efforts being undertaken to build this new bridge that will last for generations to come.” — Brian Conybeare, Special Project Advisor to Governor Andrew Cuomo

While the bridge project is massive, AAUW’s outreach is as well.

Started in 1881, its more than 170,000 members and supporters nationwide are within 1,300 local branches, including 190 members in Westchester and more than 800 college and university partners.

Last month AAUW and the College of Mount Saint Vincent in Riverdale hosted the 12th Annual Explore Your Opportunities Conference. Another program is $tart $mart, a pay negotiation workshop for college juniors and seniors that addresses gender wage gaps.

AAUW-Westchester’s Jane Pendergast was honored in 2013 at the  YWCA of White Plains/AAUW Westchester

AAUW-Westchester’s Jane Pendergast was honored in 2013 at the YWCA of White Plains/AAUW Westchester

Running and Winning Workshop encourages high school girls to run for public office and is sponsored by AAUW, the League of Women Voters of Westchester and the YWCA of White Plains and Central Westchester.

“Doing outreach is wonderful,” Barron said. “I learned about their presentations to schools, and (about) women entrepreneurs who have contracts and women on the job working.”

The meeting was co-sponsored by AAUW and the Greenburgh Nature Center, whose programs relate to the environments.

“We do a lot of presentations and have programs that are diverse,”  Director of Conservation Education Anne Jaffe Holmes said.

The Community Outreach Centers and viewing area in Tarrytown — another one is being built in Nyack — are a great way for the public to see the project and its various elements of bridge construction, Holmes said. “They draw people in to the exciting nature of infrastructure projects. They’re fascinating, and there’s much to be learned from the process, environmental impact and remediation.”

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2015

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