On Friday February 10, USIU-Africa Alumni Association in partnership with She Goes Tech initiative held a conference dubbed "She believed she could, so she did STEM” at the USIU-Africa auditorium on Friday, February 10.
Aimed at encouraging more women to assume STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) careers, the conference attracted more than 600 people from high schools, colleges, universities and public and private sectors.
Dr. Katherine Getao Kenya’s ICT Secretary present at the conference, confirmed government's positionin promoting STEM through digital program that will introduce young Kenyans to work online and earn an income to support themselves.
Promoting the theme of the conference was the Vice Chancellor Prof. Paul Zeleza who said that USIU-Africa has plans to introduce new STEM programs such as Data Analytics and Business Intelligence, Applied Mathematics, Data Mining, Computer Gaming, Software Engineering, Epidemiology and Biostatistics and Bio Technology in Analytical Chemistry.
In attendance was Kendi Ntwiga (Founderof She Goes Tech), Jillian Scott (Program Director TechWomen) Daniela Ushizima, TechWomen Mentor, and Anar Simpson, TechWomen Mentor. Dr. Joy Kiano, Principal Nova Academy, Amb. Prof. Ruthie Rono, DVC Academic Affairs USIU-Africa and Eunice Kariuki, Director of Partnerships Innovation and Capacity.
She Goes Tech is an initiative founded by a Kenyan TechWomen fellow, Kendi Ntwiga.Tech Women Program is initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, formed to empower, connect and support the next generation of women leaders in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).