"Take Our Daughters to Work Day" April 25 (Released: 4/15/96)
by Sherry Fisher, Office of University Communications.
STORRS, Conn. -- More than 60 teen-age girls from three local middle schools will learn first-hand about women in the work force during Take Our Daughters to Work Day April 25 at the University of Connecticut.
Eighth-grade girls from Nathan Hale Middle School in Coventry, Kramer Middle School in Willimantic and Mansfield Middle School will come to the Storrs campus to join UConn career women and men who will be their mentors for the morning.
Research has demonstrated that teen-age girls face a challenging time in their development between ages 9 and 15. Many girls, during this time, experience a drop in self-esteem and in performance, particularly in math and science. The New York-based Ms. Foundation created the event to enhance girls self-esteem and to encourage them to value their own ideas and identity. The international event is celebrated as a reminder to invest time, money and energy into the development of healthy girls. Last year, more than 3 million girls around the world participated in the program.
UConn s program, coordinated by Shawna Cooper, a program assistant at the UConn Women s Center, will pair the young women with more than 50 University employees. These include faculty and staff members in engineering, the sciences, health services, the communications office and student affairs. The students will be paired with mentors according to their career interests.
The event starts at 9 a.m. in the Student Union Ballroom with a continental breakfast. Sally Reis, an associate professor of educational psychology, will give a welcoming address. At 9:30 a.m., the young women will meet with their mentors for a hour to learn about their jobs, and at 11 a.m. the students will meet with a second mentor. Each participant will receive a directory of the mentors, including short bios for future use.