UPWARD U.N.I.T.E.S. (Universities Networking with Intel for Tomorrow's Engineering & Sciences) Women
UPWARD (Uniting Professional Women Advancing Relationships and Development), a California nonprofit public benefit corporation, Intel Corporation, and Santa Clara University have come together to create a year-long program to support women's advancement in the fields of engineering and the sciences.
It is important to create a community and strengthen professional networks throughout one's career journey. Most often, having a community can help with professional development and advancement, be a vital support system, and help women remain employed in technical fields. Participation in this program will build and strengthen the network of women by bringing them together for mentorship, sponsorship, and professional development programming. The goal of our program is to increase the number of women in all specialties of engineering and sciences, create career longevity, and build a strong community of women.
Starting a career in technology is intimidating enough to begin with. Not only is technology, and more broadly Science, Technology, and Mathematics (STEM), a challenging and ever-changing field, but the details of the field are unknown until one begins to study. By its very nature as the foundation of innovation, STEM inherently warrants that the rules and research are constantly progressing forward, rendering it nearly impossible to stay up to date and on the cutting edge. This means that students cannot just learn about the past, they must also develop a deep understanding of the material to cultivate a balanced perspective to look toward the future. Click title for full story.
- You will become a member of a special interest group and the community consisting of other SCU students and Intel engineers
- You will be a member of the UPWARD community, a global nonprofit organization for Director, VP, C-Suite, and professional executive women. Please note the community is not industry specific and will be sponsored through this program
- You will have unique opportunities to build relationships with other practitioners in the field of engineering and sciences
- Exclusive relationship building opportunities with Intel employee volunteers will be available to program participants
- Opportunities to seek and find mentorship and sponsorship from senior executive and professional women will be available to program participants
- Participants will be provided access to exclusive virtual events and targeted, one-on-one mentoring for the year long program
How it Works:
Through Intel's sponsorship, you will be provided with an access to MY UPWARD, an online community platform exclusively available for UPWARD members, which will provide you with a connection and engagement opportunity with UPWARD members. You will also be paired with an Intel employee volunteer mentor participating in this program. This will enable you to form deeper connections and strengthen your network not only with Intel volunteers participating in the program, but with senior executive women of UPWARD from around the world.
What do mentors and mentees discuss?
- How will my major impact my professional options?
- How do I balance the demands of school, responsibilities, and socializing?
- How can I set myself up for academic, social, and career success?
- How do I make connections with peers and professional contacts?
How can I sign up to participate as a mentor or a mentee?
Students apply for the yearly program every summer. Priority is given to juniors and seniors, but grad students and sophomores are encouraged to apply as well. If you are interested in participating in this program, please contact Ricardo Padilla, Jr.