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G.I.R.L.S. Program 2013 Culmination: From Research Careers to Zumba

On May 21, 2013, a culminating “Healthy Girls, Strong Women” Health Education and Career Seminar was held at NYAM for G.I.R.L.S (Getting Into Real Life Science) and Health Professions. Valerie Purdie-Vaughns, PhD, Assistant Professor of Social Psychology at Columbia University and Director of its Intergroup Relations and Diversity Laboratory, delivered the keynote address.

Dr. Purdie-Vaughns, a nationally and internationally recognized expert on racial and gender achievement gaps in academic and workplace settings, spoke to participating girls about careers in social science research. She encouraged the students to consider a career in research, highlighting the personal qualities of researchers as individuals who are curious, inquisitive, and constantly wondering about the world around them.

Following her talk, the girls participated in the Careers in Exercise Science and Zumba dance workshop focusing on the importance of physical activity and healthy lifestyles. Barbara Parker, a New York City-based health and fitness expert and personal trainer, led this portion of the event.

The G.I.R.L.S. program, overseen by NYAM’s Office of School Health Programs, is designed to increase the participation of historically underrepresented minority women (African-American, Hispanic, and Native American) in careers in the public health, science, and medical professions. The program offers girls grades 7-9, in New York City public schools in East Harlem, a wide range of health education and career-focused seminars, academic support workshops, and mentoring experiences with minority women health professionals.

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Posted on May 22, 2013

Gina Ravosa
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The New York Academy of Medicine
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