The International Museum of Art & Science (IMAS) has partnered with McAllen Public Utility (MPU) to address the gender gap in STEM by assessing gender representation in museum content. IMAS is a proud recipient of a Gender Equity Grant from the Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC) and the IF/THEN® Initiative. Together, IMAS and MPU will take actions toward creating an equitable STEM workforce.
Twenty-seven science center and museum members have been named recipients of IF/THEN® Gender Equity Grants, a program created through a partnership between ASTC and IF/THEN®, an initiative of Lyda Hill Philanthropies. This is the second round of the grant program designed to support U.S.-based ASTC member museums as they embark on projects to increase the representation of women and gender minorities in STEM across museum content. The IMAS is among the recipients of this grant with MPU as a supportive community partner. Stay tuned for information on the upcoming projects being developed under this grant.
“We are excited to partner with ASTC to help create a culture shift in STEM and increase female representation at science centers and museums across the country,” said Nicole Small, CEO of Lyda Hill Philanthropies® and co-founder of the IF/THEN® Initiative. “We know that ‘IF she can see it, THEN she can be it’ and the IF/THEN® Collection offers unlimited opportunities to showcase images of real, diverse women in STEM careers to educate and inspire the next generation of STEM pioneers.”
Image below: Claudia Martinez Gray, IMAS Director of Education, is shown with IF/THEN Collection poster of women scientists designed to increase gender representation in museum content. These posters will be distributed to local students in a STEM Challenge kit as a sneak peek to the grant content.