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Take Our Daughters to Work Day is April 23

April 7, 2009 | by Judy Moore
EVANSTON, Ill. --- For the 15th consecutive year, Northwestern University will participate in "Take Our Daughters to Work Day" Thursday, April 23. The annual program offers girls an opportunity to interact with women participating in a variety of careers and occupations. The 2009 theme is Building Partnerships to Educate and Empower. The new age range for this year is 8 to 16.

Last year on the Evanston campus, 200 girls, aged 9 to 16, participated in Northwestern's observance of the Ms. Foundation-sponsored event. The Chicago campus hosted 100 girls.
The same numbers are expected to attend this year's event.

Once again there will be a strong focus on science, math and technology and related career options open to women in these fields. This year, participants can choose from 15 tour tracks in Evanston and eight tour tracks in Chicago.

In Evanston, the new "World of Color" workshop at the Technological Institute led by Arthur Schmidt, a distinguished senior lecturer in the Judd A. and Marjorie Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences' department of physics and astronomy, will focus on how the eyes perceive color and visually capture an accurate color image. During the "Media Production" workshop at the University Library led by Stefani Foster, digital media specialist for Information Technology's Academic and Research Technologies department, girls will use pre-shot footage and interviews acquired during the session to produce a short video "commercial" for Take Our Daughters to Work Day. DVD or online distribution of the completed project will be provided within a day or two following the event.

On the Chicago campus, the "New Parts for a New Life" workshop at the medical school will spotlight the field of orthotics/prosthetics. Led by Ingrid Masterton, an instructor for the department of physical medicine and rehabilitation, Feinberg School of Medicine, the session will include a tour of the school and lab, laboratory activities and explore orthotic and prosthetic devices. Shericka Pringle-Jackson, executive director of the School of Law's Bluhm Legal Clinic, will engage participants in a mock trial presentation during the "Law and Order" workshop and provide an opportunity to contest a fictitious court case. Each girl will receive a brief overview of the court and legal system as well as a scripted case and will be assigned a role as a judge, attorney, witness, jury, baliff or court reporter.

The Take Our Daughters to Work Day event is only possible due to the efforts of many volunteers. To help make the 2009 event a success, the planning committee urgently needs volunteers to serve as chaperones on the Evanston campus from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. To volunteer, contact Njoki Kamau at (847) 491-2734 or e-mail ngk@northwestern.edu. Volunteers should contact Kamau by April 17.

"Take Our Daughters to Work Day" was created to help girls focus on what they can accomplish in their own lives and provide positive academic and professional role models.

Staff and faculty members who would like to sponsor a daughter, granddaughter, niece, or a young neighbor or friend must complete a registration form for either the Chicago or Evanston campus. The registration form will be available online April 6 at http://www.northwestern.edu/womencenter/daughters/index09.html.

After clicking the Web link, read through the information, select your campus, and then print out the registration form. After scanning the online Tour Track listing for the campus of your choice, select the top five preferences, then bring your form and fee to the Women's Center. Include a payment of $10 per sponsor and $10 per girl in the form of a personal check or money order payable to "Northwestern University" by the deadline date of Friday, April 18 for the Evanston campus, and Thursday, April 17 for the Chicago campus.

This year's Take Our Daughters to Work Day is cosponsored by the Take Our Daughters to Work Day Committee, with support provided by the Women's Center, the Association of Northwestern University Women (ANUW), the Office of the President, Office of the Senior Vice President for Business and Finance; Provost's Office, The Kellogg School of Management, Office of Change Management, Information Technology and the Judd A. and Marjorie Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences.
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