News From Terre Haute, Indiana

June 21, 2012

The Woods’ King joins Indiana Girls Collaborative Project

Dee Reed
SMWC Communications Manager

TERRE HAUTE — As the newest member of the Indiana Girls Collaborative Project Champions Board, St. Mary-of-the-Woods College President Dottie L. King is joining the effort to breakdown gender divides in science, engineering, technology and mathematics fields.

The Indiana Girls Collaborative focuses on bringing together organizations and programs that encourage girls to pursue careers in STEM fields. The Project will develop creative solutions and strategies to facilitate connections that will expand STEM-related opportunities for girls. It is based on the model of the National Girls Collaborative Project whereby the state organizations comprise the national organization. Serving a two-year board term, King looks forward to mobilizing community stakeholders to strengthen and expand opportunities that inspire and motivate girls.

“As a women’s college, we have historically developed opportunities to engage girls and young women in STEM careers,” King said. “I am honored to help bring together educators, students and leaders in the public and private sector to inspire girls to explore these career paths. This project serves as a vehicle for STEM advocates to participate in meaningful collaboration with tangible outcomes.”

The Champions Board is an independent statewide entity that works with the local leadership team, the Convening Organization for Indiana and the National Collaborative Project Team. Its members include university faculty, staff and administrators, community leaders, business representatives, K-12 partners, nonprofits and government. It supports local and statewide programs including forums, conferences and programs.

Prior to her role as SMWC’s president, King’s knowledge and leadership as an associate professor of mathematics and chair of the sciences and mathematics department make her a strong contributor to the board. Passionate about the importance of STEM education, she has delivered numerous presentations and published research on factors that encourage women to persist in their study of mathematics.