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City Tech Hosts International Delegation of Women

A delegation of women from around the world gathered at City Tech on June 23 as part of a weeklong professional study tour designed to stimulate ideas for how to increase the number of women in science and technology in their countries. The tour was coordinated by the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership program.
The women heard a presentation by Nona Smith, director of City Tech’s Access for Women (AFW), supplemented by input from faculty, staff and students involved with the College’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) initiative. AFW is designed to increase the representation of women of all ages in technological education and careers – especially in the engineering technologies and related fields.

“The earlier girls and women are introduced to nontraditional technical education and careers, the more likely they will be to choose a career path in one of the fields,” Smith told the delegation.

The City Tech program was selected as part of the delegation’s itinerary to address one area of the group’s interest – the best practices, funding sources, success stories and current work of programs like AFW.

Among the participants were Dr. Judith S. Satoguina (Benin), lecturer of Immunology, Department of Biochemistry, University of Abomey-Calavi Cotonou; Dr. Hassanata Millogo-Kone (Burkina Faso), general secretary, Ministry of Scientific Research and Innovation (MSRI); Ms. Fatou E. Bah-Baldeh (The Gambia), principal laboratory technician, Medical Research Council (MRC); Ms. Sherine Butros Nabih Rahil (Jordan) orthodontic consultant, self-employed; Dr. Baatar Munkhtsengel (Mongolia), associate professor, Mongolian University of Science and Technology; Dr. Ansam F. D. Sawalha (Palestinian Territories), dean, faculty of pharmacy, An-Najah National University; and Department of State employees Tatiana Rodzianko (program officer) and Diane Fisch (English Language officer). 


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