As a girl, it's difficult to aim for careers in the technology field because of thing like stereotypes and judgment. It is important to make young girls excited about technology-related development and that is the reason for the fourth annual Digital Divas event, which is brought to EMU by sponsors DTE Energy, ITC and Consumers Energy.
Digital Divas is a daylong conference for middle school aged girls. It took place Friday, Nov. 6 from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. The focus is shining light onto careers in the technology, mathematics and engineering sectors of the work force.
Young ladies are introduced into careers in technology, recruiting young girls to be interested in attending EMU for our programs, as well as encouraging the creative process. Aside from that, the girls are also around positive volunteers who are able to break down the stereotypes that are associated to women in the technology field.
At this event, there were a few speakers as well as breakdown sessions for the girls to participate in. Some of these events included “Fashion in the Digital World,” “Fashion and Geometry" and others.
Heading the fashion breakdown sessions were the Apparel and Textile Merchandising instructors Holly Mosher and Julie Becker. Mosher and Becker, aside from teaching, have tremendous experience and insight into the fashion world.
They were able to connect with the young ladies and show them there is more to fashion than just designing and selling. Assisted by their own ATM students, this turned out to be a very successful day.
Digital Divas is an annual event that has a better turn out every year. For more information, head over to the website: emich.edu/digitaldivas/sessions/index.php.