April 04, 2018

Digital Divas event at Eastern Michigan University offers more than 600 area high school girls a glimpse into the great possibilities of STEM-based careers

April 13 conference to offer look at opportunities in fields such as IT, information assurance and cyber security while showcasing cool skills such as creating mobile apps

YPSILANTI – Digital Divas, a bi-annual science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) career conference for young women, will return with its high school event on April 13 at Eastern Michigan University (EMU). 

The event will be held in the EMU Student Center ballroom. Doors will open for check-in at 8 a.m. and the event runs from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The one-day conference gives young women the chance to connect with and learn from individuals in STEM careers. The event consists of guest speakers and breakout sessions for hands-on learning.

The conference will feature U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Dingell as the guest speaker, and Neetu Seth, president and CEO of NITS Solutions, as the keynote speaker.

Sessions feature STEM learning activities as well as networking with professional women and EMU students who will lead hands-on workshops. The session topics range from creating your own mobile app to an unmanned drone sector and beyond.

The event currently has more than 650 young women from high schools all over Southeast Michigan slated to attend.

“For every 100 jobs in IT, information assurance and cyber security, only 12 are filled by women,” said Bia Hamed, student services coordinator at EMU and organizer of the event. “This one-day conference is designed to encourage young women to consider technology-based careers while giving them an opportunity to meet and network with women in the industry as well as EMU professors and students.”

For more information about the upcoming conference or to learn more about Digital Divas, visit the Digital Divas website.

Schools and Organizations Attending

Ann Arbor Huron HS

Brighton High School

Detroit Collegiate Prep HS

Farmington- Farmington Hills Education Foundation

Girl Scout Troop 41095

Girl Scout Troop 41826

Greenhills School

Hartland High School

Lake Shore High School

Lincoln High School

Michigan Islamic Academy 

Peckham, Youth Services, Right Turn 2.0 program

Rhonda Walker Foundation

Southfield High School for the Arts & Technology

Tawheed Center of Farmington Hills

Techumseh High School

Trenton High School

University Prep Science and Math High

Warren Consolidated Schools

William D. Ford Career Tech Center

Ypsilanti STEMM Middle College

For more information, contact Bia Hamed at 734-487-8659 or email her at bia.hamed@emich.edu.

About Eastern Michigan University

Founded in 1849, Eastern is the second oldest university in Michigan. It currently serves 22,000 students pursuing undergraduate, graduate, specialist, doctoral and certificate degrees in the arts, sciences and professions. In all, more than 300 majors, minors and concentrations are delivered through the University's Colleges of Arts and Sciences; Business; Education; Health and Human Services; Technology, and its graduate school. EMU is regularly recognized by national publications for its excellence, diversity, and commitment to applied education. For more information about Eastern Michigan University, visit the University's website.

Contact Geoff Larcom, glarcom@emich.edu, 734.487.4401

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