Resources for Supporting Equity in STEM

As the state convening organization for Oregon Girls Collaborative, we are committed to supporting more equitable opportunities for girls and underrepresented youth in STEM. Below, you will find a few resources from partners across the country and across the state who are working hard to support more equitable STEM opportunities. Please contact if you have questions or suggestions for other resources to share.

Chick Tech Portland

Chick Tech is dedicated to retaining women in the technology workforce and increasing the number of women and girls pursuing technology-based careers. The Portland chapter offers Middle School, High School, and Career supports. Recently, they have also teamed up with ORTOP to support a girls Robotic Bootcamp. CLICK HERE to find out more.

Design Squad Global

Design Squad makes engineering relatable and relevant for middle school age youth, inspiring youth to be creative explorers and problem solvers. Connecting kids ages 10-13 in out-of-school-time programs around the world! Kids explore engineering through fun-packed, high-energy, hands-on activities-and they partner with a DSG club from a different country! Choose between a 6-week or 12-week program and they’ll match you with a partner club. If you are looking for more resources but not able to sign up for an official club, check out other videos and resources HERE.

Girls Who Code Clubs


Girls Who Code, the national non-profit dedicated to closing the gender gap in technology is seeking partners to host its Clubs programs. Today, less than a quarter of computing jobs are held by women, and that number is declining.

Girls Who Code Clubs inspire, educate, and equip our girls for tomorrow’s computing jobs. Clubs are FREE after-school programs for 6-12th grade girls to use computer science to impact their community and join our sisterhood of supportive peers and role models. They can be hosted in schools, universities, libraries, community centers, faith-based organizations, or nonprofits. Clubs are led by Facilitators who can be volunteers from any background or field, many have NO technical experience and learn to code alongside the girls. Click Here to find out more about starting your own club!

Girls Inc of the Pacific Northwest

The Girls Inc. Experience empowers girls to succeed. Girls Inc. provides girls with trusting, mentoring relationships, a girls-only environment, and research-based, hands-on programming. Three critical goals drive our programming: to help girls achieve healthy lives, succeed academically, and acquire the life skills needed to prepare them for adulthood. Our work ensures girls’ participation in programs and activities that support and expand on their school-based learning and engagement. CLICK HERE to find out more about local Girls Inc opportunities, such as Girls Groups and Eureka!

MESA (Mathematics, Science, Engineering Achievement) in Oregon

The MESA Schools Program teaches STEM, invention, and 21st-century skills to historically underrepresented students. Programs are offered at school sites at no cost to families, partnering to engage parents directly in the success of their child.

Throughout the school year, MESA advisors guide students in hands-on discovery, meeting weekly for one-hour chapter meetings. Find a chapter near you.


SciGirls curriculum supports gender equitable teaching strategies and hands-on inquiries based on the concepts modeled in SciGirls videos. SciGirls Connect educational materials provide gender-equitable teaching strategies and hands-on inquiries based on the concepts modeled in SciGirls’ videos. The SciGirls approach is rooted in research on how to engage girls in STEM. Seven activity booklets are available, and each booklet pairs with a series of episodes focused on a general topic, such as Healthy Living, Physical Science, Computer Science, and Engineering and Inventing.

Supporting College Success for Young Women in STEM

Find additional resources for young women looking to pursue post-secondary education in STEM Fields, including information about scholarships and opportunities to connect with peers. Helping Women Bridge the STEM Gender Gap

National Center for Women in Information Technology (NCWIT)

NCWIT has created more than 160 research-based resources to raise awareness, increase knowledge, and build capacity for individuals and organizations. In particular, NCWIT focuses on reaching to critical populations to help implement systemic change. Resources have been created for every level, whether youth, parent, educator or policy maker — K-12, postsecondary, industry — so they are are attractive, easy-to-use, free, and available in both electronic and print formats.