Pushing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) Forward

Center – Channel Islands (CA) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated president Suzanne Fussell, MD / Far Right – Judy Pfeil, Past President AAUW California / Far Left – Deanna Franke, Professor at Moorpark College and Sally Hibbitts, AAUW Thousand Oaks Branch President

On Saturday, March 12, 2016 the Channel Islands (CA) chapter of The Links, Incorporated (CIC) collaborated with the AAUW (American Association of University Women) in their Annual Brighter Horizon Math, Science and Technology Conference benefiting 578 students. CIC believes that it is beneficial to partner with other community-based organizations that share a similar platform. Implementing key partnerships improves the community’s awareness of these resources which should increase the reach and better impact the students within the Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties. 

Rock and Mineral Detectives presented by Moorpark Professor Peggye M. Ahlstrom – This workshop taught students how to identify rocks and minerals, how geologists find them, why they are important and learn about geology career options.






The Brighter Horizons Conference nurtures students’ interests in S.T.E.M. (science, technology, engineering and math) subjects to encourage them to consider careers in these fields. Students in 5th to 9th grades were invited to choose 3 different workshops with each being led by professional women who are experts in their field. Workshops included hands-on activities that demonstrated key concepts associated with S.T.E.M. related careers. All of the workshops are aimed at elevating student interest in topics including Forensic Sciences, Entomology (study of insects), Veterinary Medicine, Chemistry and Biochemistry.unspecified-7


CIC before we begin
Far Right – Pamela Perkins-Dwyer AAUW Camarillo Branch, President and member of the Channel Islands (CA) Chapter taking a break to capture this photo with other Link members
CIC members group photos at Brighter Horizon Event
Center – Channel Islands (CA) Chapter president Suzanne Fussell MD standing tall with other CIC executive board, chapter and alumna members






Published by Channel Islands (CA) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated

The Channel Islands Chapter of the Links, Incorporated was charted in 1982 and serves Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties. The Chapter is committed to empowering our members so that we can effectively empower the communities in which we serve. We strive to eliminate disparities so as to reduce barriers to services through leadership, education, and service.