The Texas Girls Collaborative Project (TxGCP) announced the recipients of the 2017 Million Women Mentors® Stand Up for STEM Awards during the Texas Women and Girls in STEM Summit held on December 8, 2017. Among this year’s awardees was one name that should be very familiar to the Texas CS education community.

Dr. Carol Fletcher, Deputy Director of The University of Texas at Austin Center for STEM Education, received the MWM-TX 2017 Individual Mentor Stand Up for STEM Award for her dedicated service and passion for encouraging women and girls to pursue STEM careers. Dr. Fletcher’s efforts to educate and inspire the computer science education community and to ensure equitable practices to broaden participation for women and students of color are having impacts across the state. Summing up Dr. Fletcher’s passion, Michelle Rinehart shares in the award nomination that “she relishes the role of being the chief ambassador of CS for All in Texas and never passes up an opportunity to evangelize to parents, educators, industry leaders, or policy makers the moral imperative of equitable and inclusive CS opportunities for every Texas student, no matter their gender, race, or zip code.”

About Million Women Mentors – Texas (MWM-TX) and the Texas Girls Collaborative Project (TxGCP):

Texas Girls Collaborative ProjectThe Million Women Mentors® (MWM) movement supports the engagement of millions of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) mentors (male and female) to increase the interest and confidence of girls and women to persist and succeed in STEM programs and careers by 2020. MWM is the movement that aims to change the face of women and girls, their career choices and advancement. Texas is one of 43 states with pledges with the Texas Girls Collaborative Project (TxGCP) leading the MWM-TX steering committee.

TxGCP connects non-profits, K-12 schools, higher education institutions, companies, organizations and individuals across the state of Texas committed to informing and motivating girls to pursue careers in STEM. Led by the Women in Engineering Program (WEP) at The University of Texas at Austin, TxGCP provides forums, curriculum, best practices and resources to foster collaborations, build capacity of participating organizations, and create a state-wide network of informed and connected informal and formal STEM educators and advocates.

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