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By Ashley Bayton
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April 23, 2012      

Howard Senior to Participate in White House Panel on Girls in STEM


Photo by Kerry-Ann Hamilton
WASHINGTON – Shorma Bianca Bailey, a senior chemical engineering major, has been invited by the White House Council on Women and Girls to discuss her passion for engineering on Tuesday, April 24 at 10:30 a.m. The panel will focus on increasing the number of girls in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) to an audience of girls and will be streamed live on and via Facebook.

Bailey, a 2011 White House ‘Champion of Change in STEM,’ will join Jocelyn Goldfein, Facebook's Director of Engineering, and NASA Astronaut Dr. Cady Coleman on a panel to encourage more girls to pursue these critical and rewarding fields, which are currently underrepresented by women. In addition to the panel, the event will also include a screening of “Girls in STEM,” featuring footage from girls who participated in the 2012 White House Science Fair.
In December 2011, the White House named Bailey as a ‘Champion of Change for Women and Girls in STEM for her leadership and service to others. The Dallas native is a 2012 candidate for a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering and president of the Howard Chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB-HU).

Tune in Tuesday, April 24, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. EDT

Watch live stream on beginning at 10:30 a.m. EDT

On Facebook, watch the event live through the White House Live App and ask questions on their wall

On Twitter, use the hashtag #GirlsInSTEM to ask questions and discuss the panel

Earlier this year, Bailey and members of EWB-HU presented on their grounding-breaking work to bring clean water to a village in Kenya at the Knowledge Management Capacity Conference in Khartoum, Sudan. Next month, a delegation led by Bailey and faculty advisor John Tharakan, will return to Kenya to install a rainwater catchment and filtration system that will bring clean water to members of the Choimim village, a rural community 200 miles from Kenya’s capital, Nairobi.

On March 11, 2009, President Barack Obama signed an Executive Order creating the White House Council on Women and Girls.  The White House Council on Women and Girls has prioritized increasing the number of females in STEM fields. The Council is chaired by Valerie Jarrett, a senior advisor to President Obama, and Tina Tchen serves as the Executive Director.

The University is encouraging all to tune in to and become a part of this special event. Interested parties may submit their questions for the panel through a webform on The discussion will be broadcasted live online from the White House website and on the White House mobile application. Questions can be submitted on the White House Facebook wall and through Twitter with the hashtag #GirlsInSTEM.

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