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Juhas, Herbers invited to White House

Portrait of Mary Juhas
Mary Juhas
Portrait of Joan Herbers
Joan Herbers

Two Ohio State University leaders of diversity initiatives have been invited to the White House to share innovative ideas about helping to recruit girls and retain women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.

Mary Juhas, associate dean for diversity and outreach and a clinical associate professor of materials science and engineering in the College of Engineering and Joan Herbers, professor of evolution, ecology and organismal biology in the College of Arts and Sciences attended the Champions of Change event Friday, December 9. (Mary Juhas is also the chair of the President and Provost's Council on Women, which assists The Women's Place in accomplishing its overall mission by providing evaluation and oversight.)

The Champions of Change program was created as a part of President Obama’s, Winning the Future Initiative. Each week, a different issue is highlighted and groups of Champions, ranging from educators to entrepreneurs to community activists, are recognized for the work they are doing to better their communities. Read more about the Champions of Change program: http://whitehouse.gov/champions.

On December 9, agency representatives and White House Policy Offices participated and hosted several small group discussions between champions and other notable guests from varying sectors and communities around engaging and supporting girls and women in STEM. These breakouts — which focused specifically on changing the stereotypes of girls in the sciences/technology, mentoring, and supporting/retaining women in the STEM workforce — were followed immediately by a larger event focused on amplifying best practices learned in each area.

Learn more about Juhas, Herbers, and this event on the College of Arts and Sciences News page.