On February 1st, the U.S. Mexico Foundation and the Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes(SCT) formalized the implementation of the "Women in STEM, Future Leaders" program, benefiting 60 women from public high schools interested in studying a university career related to the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
The Secretario de Comunicaciones y Transportes Gerardo Ruiz Esparza, Subsecretario de Comunicaciones Edgar Olvera Jiménez, the National Digital Strategy Coordinator Yolanda Martínez Mancilla, the SCT’s Coordinator of the Information and Knowledge Society Javier Lizárraga Galindo, the Coordinator of the Puntos México Conectado Olivia Villalón and the CEO of the U.S. Mexico Foundation Rebeca Vargas attended the event.
The generation 2017-2018 of "Women in STEM, Future Leaders" began its activities in October of last year and will end in July of 2018; During this period the 60 young students have received personalized mentoring, online seminars on empowerment, communications, leadership and STEM areas, have interacted with other students who share the same interest and visited Universities and Companies.
The CEO of the USMF Rebeca Vargas explained that at the end of the program, the participants who have fulfilled the assigned tasks and attended the sessions will have the opportunity to attend a summer camp abroad. She also explained that professional women or students of master's degree or doctorate, are participating as mentors of the young students, while being part of a unique network of Latina professional women in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics.
Currently, the states that are participating through the Puntos México Conectado are La Paz, BCS; Monterrey, NL; Oaxaca, Oax; Puebla, Pue; Querétaro, Qro; Hermosillo, Son; Matamoros, Tamaulipas e Iztacalco en la Ciudad de México.
Ana Carolina Castillo del Canto, a beneficiary of the program, spoke on behalf of the participants describing the program as a life transformer that helps the students to get out of the frame that society has marked on what women should study. "We must be engineers, scientists, physicists, mathematicians, programmers ... I'm not afraid to say that I want to work at the NASA," Carolina said in her message.