Kara Branch is the Founder and CEO of Black Girls Do Engineer Corporation a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in June 2019 and located in Houston, TX . Black Girls Do Engineer is passionate about developing young women in all areas of STEM. Black Girls Do Engineer provides mentoring, personal growth regimens, STEM projects and activities, and guidance on career paths based on insight from professional women that are leaders in the STEM industry.
“We Are Proving That Black Girls Do Engineer”
The National Center for Education Statistics reports that in 2015 the percentage of women of color attending higher education institutions who earned STEM degrees was: • Asian Women: 5% • Black Women: 2.9% • Latinas: 3.8%. Women make up 25% of the STEM workforce, but less than 5% of the STEM workforce are women of color.
Here at Black Girls Do Engineer, we are passionate about developing girls and young women ages 9 to 21 in all areas of STEM. Our organization goals are to provide access, awareness, and advocate for two million Black-American girls to pursue STEM careers by the year 2050. Our organization will provide mentoring, personal growth regimens, STEM projects and activities, STEM challenges, and guidance on career paths based on insight from professionals that are leaders in the STEM industry.
Our vision is to increase the presence of Black-American girls and young women in STEM fields by providing experience-based knowledge and Black-American representation. Black Girls Do Engineer will introduce the core of STEM roles and provide girls and young women with the tools to not only choose STEM professions but excel in the STEM industry.
We focus our efforts on communities in the Houston region where parents of these girls have not had guidance with their own jobs or careers and therefore cannot provide appropriate support to their children, and where the school systems provide minimal educational opportunities in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).