During this year’s Women in Technology Conference (June 9, 2017), Colorado Technology Association (CTA) presented the very first Million Women Mentors’ (MWM) Stand Up For STEM Colorado Award to Colorado School of Mines Computer Science Department Head Dr. Tracy Camp. The award was co-presented at the conference by Colorado Lt. Governor Donna Lynne and Andrea Young, President and CEO of CTA.
Dr. Camp received the award as a result of her exceptional impact on girls and women in STEM through mentoring in her role at Colorado School of Mines. In 2012, she founded the university's Discover-Explore-Create Technology (DECtech) outreach program to inspire female Mines students to engage girls in grades 3-8 in STEM by introducing them to various subjects with an interactive, engaging and hands-on approach. DECtech will expand to serve 9th-grade students in the 2017-18 school year and has had engagement from STEM professionals at leading tech companies, including Apple and Google. Outside the classroom, Dr. Camp focuses her energies on technical research, educational research and women in computing.
CTA serves as the Colorado state lead for the nationwide Million Women Mentors organization that bridges male and female professionals with the opportunity to mentor young women pursuing STEM careers. The MWM Stand Up for STEM Award brings greater awareness to the national effort while celebrating community leaders advancing STEM education and quality programming for students and jobseekers alike.
Colorado has pledged to support 2,000 mentorship opportunities through the Million Women Mentors platform. Click here to explore mentoring opportunities here in Colorado!