Camarillo, Calif., Nov. 26, 2013 – CSU Channel Islands (CI) invites the community to “Women in STEM: Broadening Perspectives and Breaking Barriers,” Wednesday, Dec. 4, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the John Spoor Broome Library, Room 1320, on the CI campus. 

The free event features prominent female scientists, engineers and CI faculty in a two-panel discussion about working in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).  The first hour-long panel will focus on career paths for STEM majors.  The second will explore the unique barriers women face in STEM careers and ways to overcome them.  The panelists include women from Amgen, Patagonia, the U.S. Navy, Skyworks Solutions, and the Society of Women Engineers.  Speakers will share their experiences working in the STEM field, describe how they overcame challenges, and answer questions from the audience.  The first panel is targeted to middle- and high-school girls; the second is intended for college students.

“Women in STEM” is sponsored by Project ASCENSIÓN, CI’s Sociology and Mathematics programs, and the School of Arts & Sciences.  Refreshments will be served beginning at 3:45. 

The focal point of Project ASCENCIÓN is a collaborative, fully productive and articulated program from K-12 through Oxnard College to a Baccalaureate degree to promote student interest and success in science, technology, engineering and mathematics; and entry in STEM programs and careers. This project is aggressive, inter-segmental, multi-layered and comprehensive.

Limited parking is available on campus with the purchase of a $6 daily permit; follow signs to the parking permit dispensers.  Free parking is available at the Camarillo Metrolink Station/Lewis Road parking lot in Camarillo with bus service to and from the campus.  Riders should board the CI Vista Bus to the campus; the cash-only fare is $1.25 each way.  Buses arrive and depart from the Camarillo Metrolink Station every 30 minutes from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday.  For exact times, check the schedule at www.goventura.org.

For more information, contact Jorge Garcia, Associate Professor of Mathematics, at 805-437-2769 or jorge.garcia@csuci.edu.

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