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GLOBAL ENGAGEMENT & INFORMED CONTRIBUTIONS TO SOCIET Y


HMC’s community engagement activities include the Women Engineers and Scientists of Tomorrow conference, the Sacred SISTAHS math and science conference and Science Day.


HMC Strategic Vision in Action — Global Engagement and Informed Contributions to Society HMC GOES THE DISTANCE TO MEET COMMUNITY NEEDS


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Impressionable young minds encountered action-packed tales and experiments from the worlds of science and mathematics during HMC’s annual Science Day. Te event is sponsored by Science Bus, a community engagement program started at HMC in 2006. Te Science Bus coordinates volunteers from across Te Claremont Colleges who visit local elementary schools and show how cool science can be. Tis past Science Day, youngsters witnessed the extraction of


a strawberry’s DNA, the launch of rockets propelled by Alka- Seltzer and the construction of model cars from straws and Life- savers candy. Such exercises excite young students about science and mathematics, and HMC students get involved as commu- nity volunteers. Science Bus is just one of HMC’s vehicles for community


engagement. In March 2012, HMC’s chapter of the Society of Women Engineers


(SWE) hosted some 200 high


school girls for the Women Engineers and Scientists of Tomorrow (WEST) conference about careers in engineering, mathematics and science. “Our main goal was to encourage attendees to pursue an


education in these fields after high school,” said Martha Cuenca ’13, SWE co-president. “Our intent was that, if they did not have a strong background in math and science, they would grow to see these subjects in a positive light.” HMC’s Upward Bound is another program that strives to


make an enduring difference. Te 44-year-old program sur- passed its goals for the 2010–2011 academic year, helping even more area high school students successfully transition to college. Eighty-five percent of program alumni tracked from 2005 to 2010 have either graduated or are still enrolled in college. In fact, Upward Bound Director Angie Covarrubias Aguilar is herself


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MY DESIRE IS THAT THESE YOUNG WOMEN WILL BEGIN TO IMAGINE THEMSELVES IN OUR POSITIONS IN THE FUTURE. —TA LI T H I A WI L LI AMS





an alumna of the program. Te federally funded program helps low-income and potential first-generation college students improve their chances of getting into and graduating from a post secondary institution. Another avenue for connecting HMC with the community


is the Sacred SISTAHS math and science conference, oriented mainly for African-American girls in middle school and high school. Te April 2012 event—jointly sponsored by Sacred SISTAHS (Sisters in Solidarity Teaching and Healing our Spirits), HMC’s Mathematics Department, California State University, Los Angeles and Transcendence Children and Family Services of Pomona—introduced attendees to successful academic and professional role models. Explained keynote speaker Talithia Williams, assistant


professor of mathematics, “My desire is that these young women will begin to imagine themselves in our positions in the future.”


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