AUSTIN, Texas – The Center for Women’s & Gender Studies (CWGS) at The University of Texas at Austin has received a $50,000 contribution from the Creekmore and Adele Fath Charitable Foundation to sustain and expand their INSPIRE Women’s Leadership Program.
Under the direction of CWGS in the College of Liberal Arts, INSPIRE, a three-year interdisciplinary program, helps women undergraduates develop the skills they need to excel within their academic fields. About 90 percent of INSPIRE participants are young women of color, most are in underrepresented majors, and many are first-generation college students.
They represent crucial science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields, as well as business and economics. Each class of INSPIRE students has a graduate student facilitator who serves as a leadership role model and shares their academic interests.
“The University of Texas offers a variety of programs that encourage students to develop their leadership skills but INSPIRE is the only program that specifically addresses women students from underrepresented populations,” says CWGS Director Susan Sage Heinzelman. “The generous support of the Creekmore and Adele Fath Charitable Foundation will help ensure that we can continue to offer this unique opportunity for women undergraduates at UT.”
All those who have been part of the INSPIRE program have either completed their degree in four years or have graduated early from their undergraduate program. INSPIRE alumnae have been accepted to graduate school, law school and medical school.
CWGS receives partial funding for INSPIRE from the Dean’s Office in the College of Liberal Arts and from two endowments. The funding from the Creekmore and Adele Fath Charitable Foundation bridges the gap between earlier funding sources and future funding sources.
Visit this website for more details about CWGS.