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February 24, 2021

Eweek Celebration Targets Girl Leadership; Middle-Schoolers

Eweek Celebration Targets Girl Leadership; Middle-Schoolers

Girls Inc. of Alameda County in northern California was the benefit of special attention during Eweek. The program helps girls from underserved neighborhoods by providing access to resources and opportunities needed to navigate gender, economic, and racial barriers, and realize their potential.

Tiffany Hwang, a COWI bridge engineer, is also chair of the Structural Engineering Engagement & Equity Committee of the Structural Engineers Association of Northern California (SEAONC). She helped coordinate the structural engineering’s association volunteering to benefit Girls Inc. which helps girls in Alameda County feel valued, safe, and prepared to achieve their dreams of college, career, and leadership.

The overwhelming majority of girls served by Girls Inc. are girls of color, with 39% identifying as Latina, another 30% African American and another 40% who speak a language other than English at home.

The SEAONC Eweek celebration also included a virtual field trip for middle schoolers with a hands-on STEM activity to build the tallest gumdrop tower, along with eight volunteers leading mini-mentoring breakout sessions.

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