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WitsOn Connects Students and Mentors HMC & PIAZZA LAUNCH FIRST ONLINE COMMUNITY MENTORSHIP PROGRAM


STEM students across the country had a captive audience of leading decision makers ready to answer their every ques- tion this fall. What’s the path to a satisfying career and happy family? How do you know if you’re smart enough to make it in your field? What is day-to-day life like as a science professor? Conversations springing from these questions and many


more populated the WitsOn (Women in Technology Sharing Online) portal. Five hundred mentors (all women) from 60 different companies and universities and 10,000 STEM un- dergraduates signed up to participate during the online discus- sion, which ran from Oct. 1 to Nov. 9. WitsOn connected U.S. and Canadian undergraduates pursuing STEM degrees with female mentors from industry and academia who spoke from personal experience about issues of particular concern to young women, including topics such as career, family, faith and community. “WitsOn was a wonderful opportunity to take some of the


things we’ve learned at Harvey Mudd College and extend them to the world at large,” said President Maria Klawe, who co- sponsored the initiative with Piazza, the social learning network that created the WitsOn program, and who served as a lead mentor. “We’ve seen that mentors help young people to envision successful outcomes for themselves.” Mentors, who responded to questions by text and video,


included California Institute of Technology chemist Jackie Barton, Cisco Chief Technology and Strategy Officer Padma


How Others See Us


Harvey Mudd College alumni earn the second highest mid-career salaries ($135,000) of all U.S. college and university graduates, according to PayScale’s 2012–2013 College Salary Report. HMC rose to No. 1 in the category “Best Engineering Colleges by Salary Potential,” up from last year’s No. 2 spot. HMC also ranked No. 1 in the category “Best Liberal Arts Colleges by Salary Potential.”


Other rankings of note:


2013 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges No. 12 (tied with Davidson College) among the nation’s liberal arts colleges


Forbes’ 2012 America’s Top Colleges No. 28 among colleges overall No. 15 (of 20), Most Entrepreneurial College (MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” highlighted HMC in its reporting about Forbes’ rankings)


The Best 377 Colleges (Princeton Review’s 2013 college guide) No. 6 in the “Professors Get High Marks” category, and No. 9, “Students Study the Most”


A “Best Value College,” one of 150 private and public colleges recognized for “stellar academics with a modest price tag”


No. 1 for selectivity. HMC had the highest incoming student SAT/ACT percentile range scores (25th-75th), and the highest percentage of first years who ranked in the top 10 percent in their high school class (95 percent)


No. 2 undergraduate engineering college, (special recognition in the Engineering Colleges’ “Best in the Specialties” listings, ranking No. 4 in Computer Engineering and No. 2 in Electrical/Electronic/Communi- cations Engineering.)


Warrior and President Klawe. HMC female faculty members and alumnae working in various STEM fields also served as mentors. Nadia Abuelezam ’10, an AIDS researcher, was one of the


mentors. “As a young doctoral student, I felt that I had things to both offer and learn,” she said. “Te discussions on the balance between family and work life were especially interesting. I found it valuable to know that other women in similar fields were experiencing the same things I’m struggling with. It made me feel empowered and supported.” Enthusiasm for the program reached the highest levels. HMC


and WitsOn were included in the launch of the Equal Futures Partnership, a U.N. and White House initiative that comprises new programs aimed at expanding women’s political and eco- nomic participation. President Klawe joined Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, dignitaries from 12 United Nations member nations and leaders from nine other U.S.-based organizations on Sept. 24 in New York to launch the Equal Futures Partnership. Te initiative is supported by partnerships with U.N. Women, the World Bank and leading businesses and nonprofit organiza- tions, including Intel and the Clinton Global Initiative. “Te Equal Futures Partnership resonates deeply with our


efforts at Harvey Mudd College, where the latest first-year class is almost evenly split between men and women,” said Klawe. Another WitsOn program is planned for the spring or


next fall. College News


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