[Athen] STEM Career Showcase Event for Students with Disabilities

Martha Velasquez mvelasquez at berkeley.edu
Mon Mar 30 14:05:57 PDT 2015

-FYI- Please feel free to disseminate.

Do you know any group or individual that might want to support or help us
disseminate the information for this event for students with disabilities
interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math?

The Lawrence Hall of Science <http://www.lawrencehallofscience.org/>, is
inviting the public to participate in the STEM Career Showcase Event for
Students with Disabilities
<http://www.lawrencehallofscience.org/visit/events/STEMshowcase> on *Wednesday,
April 14 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00p.m.* The goal of this family event is to
offer youth with various types of disabilities, the opportunity to gain a
better understanding of the many professional possibilities in the fields
of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) and the inspiration and
strategies to pursue them. School-aged students and their families will
have the chance to hear from different speakers, meet other students and
families, and learn from hands-on science demonstrations that include
various interactive stations, 3D printed chemistry, as well as animal

Unfortunately, despite recent advances in the accessibility of information
technology and other tools used by working professionals, people with
disabilities continue to be underrepresented in the STEM fields. As UC
Berkeley Public Science Center, the Hall recognizes the need to provide a
space for discussion on this subject. After participating at the inaugural
event which took place at the North Carolina Museum of Nature and Science,
the Hall is interested in spreading this event to the West coast with help
from the Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute. This institute leads a
Rehabilitation Engineering Center that does education outreach.

The event will not only feature a great panel of speakers consisting of
STEM students and professional, but will also provide opportunities for
students and their families to explore and ask questions. Ronit Ovadia
works as a blind genetic counselor and will be presenting at the event,
will explain how she found out about genetic counseling in high school,
and how after job shadowing a genetic counselor to learn more about the
profession, she decided that she wanted to pursue this as a career. "This
sounds like a great event and I love to be part of it. I will talk about
how I do my job as a blind person and a bit about my experience going
through school to become a genetic counselor." Ronit will be bringing
models that she uses to explain chromosomes and translocations to her

As we know, the great jobs of tomorrow will be in the fields of STEM;
therefore, the need to share opportunities to improve outcomes for students
with disabilities in these fields. This event at Hall will gather families
and community advocates to spark a conversation around these topics and
share the knowledge, skills, practices, and strategies to support learners
with disabilities to pursue career options in the STEM fields.

The STEM Career Showcase for Students with Disabilities is free and open to
the public. If you want to find out more about this educational event,
please contact Sherry Hsi at sherryh at berkeley.edu or 510-643-7827, or Emily
Arnold a temarhold at berkeley.edu or 510-643-9019. *Pre-registration*

Please, let me know if this is something that you could share with your
networks. We would love to have you here and be able to include more people
that could benefit from this opportunity.

Here is a link to the event STEM Career Showcase for Students with

Thank you!!

Verónica Urdaneta
External Relations/Community Liaison
University of California, Berkeley
Lawrence Hall of Science #5200
Berkeley, CA 94720-5200
Cell 510.7066118
Office 510.643-3849
veronicau at berkeley.edu

Alternative Media Supervisor
Disabled Students' Program
University of California, Berkeley
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