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President Jean Hernandez joins White House panel on women in STEM April 24


Edmonds Community College President Jean Hernandez will participate in a White House panel about women and girls in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) with a NASA astronaut, Facebook's director of engineering, and the president of Howard University's Chapter of Engineers Without Borders. Watch the live-streaming event 7:30-8:30 a.m., April 24 at and join in on Facebook and Twitter. Submit your questions before the event at Watch after the fact at

 Edmonds CC President Jean Hernandez

April 24, 2012

10:30 – 11:30 a.m. EDT (7:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m. our time)

What: White House Event on Women and Girls in STEM.

Women and girls continue to be significantly underrepresented in the STEM fields – a trend that starts early and comes at a serious cost to both the career prospects of our young women and the success of our economy. By ensuring women and girls receive the exposure, encouragement and support they need to enter, and succeed in, STEM fields, this country can benefit from the full range and diversity of its talent.

The White House Council on Women and Girls is excited to announce a White House event that features a panel of trailblazing women in STEM fields who will share their experiences and encourage young women to follow in their footsteps – or blaze a trail of their own. This event will also include the very first public screening of “Girls in STEM,” a video on girls in STEM, featuring footage from girls who participated in the 2012 White House Science Fair.

This event will be live-streamed over the internet, and students will be able to submit questions for the panelists via Twitter and Facebook.

The event will proceed as follows:

10:30-10:35 a.m.: Remarks by EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson

10:35-10:45 a.m.: Premiere of “Girls in STEM” video, featuring girls who participated in the 2012 White House Science Fair

10:45-11:30 a.m.: Panel on Women and Girls in STEM moderated by Administrator Jackson and featuring the following panelists:

  • 1. Dr. Cady Coleman, NASA Astronaut, Colonel, U.S. Air Force, retired
  • 2. Jocelyn Goldfein, Director of Engineering, Facebook
  • 3. Dr. Jean Hernandez, President, Edmonds Community College
  • 4. Bianca Bailey, President, Howard University Chapter of Engineers Without Borders

When: Tuesday, April 24, 10:30-11:30 a.m. EDT (7:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m. PST)

Where: The event will be broadcast live online from the White House and on Facebook, enabling anyone with Internet access to join. We will also post a video recording of the entire event online (as well as a link to “Girls in STEM”) for viewing any time at Here’s how you can participate:

Submit your questions for the panel  through a form on

On April 24, watch live and join the discussion on Facebook and Twitter.

Watch live stream on beginning at 10:30 a.m. EDT.

On Facebook, watch the event live through the White House Live App and ask questions on our wall.

On Twitter, use the hashtag #GirlsInSTEM to ask questions and discuss the panel.

If you can't join live, full video of the event will be posted on

Who: You! We are seeking the participation of students, teachers, and advocates across the U.S. via live-stream, Twitter, and Facebook.

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STEM programs at Edmonds CC

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