NewsonWomen reports on "WitsOn", the Online Mentoring Program launched by Harvey Mudd College and Piazza, founded by Pooja Sankar.
Harvey Mudd College, whose President is Maria Klawe (pictured left), and Piazza, founded by Pooja Sankar so every student could have an opportunity to learn from her classmates (pictured right), launched an online community mentorship
program to support students pursuing degrees in science, tech, engineering and math called WitsOn (Women in Technology Sharing Online). The program connects undergraduates with female mentors from industry and academia to talk about issues of particular concern to young women. "WitsOn is a wonderful opportunity to take some of the things we've learned at Harvey Mudd College and extend them to the world at large," said HMC President Maria Klawe, co-organizer and lead mentor who is also the former Dean of Engineering and Professor of Computer Science at Princeton University. "We've seen that mentors help young people to envision successful outcomes for themselves. That's so important for young women in technology-related fields, who in many cases still don't encounter older people who resemble themselves." Other mentors include astronaut Mae Jemison, Caltech chemist Jackie Barton, and Cisco CTSO Padma Warrior. Read more about WitsOn in the college press release.