Great Explorations in Education for Girls in Grades Seven and Eight Returns to Walla Walla May 14 | Education


Independent learning is a driving passion for Julie Perron, who will speak at the 2022 American Association of University Women’s Great Explorations in Education for local girls in grades seven and eight.

The free STEM-focused event on Saturday, May 14 will take place at Walla Walla High School, 800 Abbott Road.

Pre-registration is compulsory and the number of places is limited. Register online at is preferred, but mailed registration forms will also be accepted until the workshops are full. The free event also includes lunch and drinks, but those with special dietary needs are encouraged to pack their own lunch.

For more information on “You Belong Here”, contact Carol Morgan at 520-9977, or send questions to [email protected]

“You Belong Here” is a hands-on adventure in science, technology, engineering, and math. Perron will focus on dreaming big, being brave and embracing your journey.

Perron shares AAUW’s enthusiasm for advancing students in STEM education. She is the director of equity and doubles programs for the Walla Walla School District. She holds a PhD in Leadership Studies and is bilingual in Spanish and English. She is also an Adjunct Professor for City and National Universities, working with Graduate Schools of Education and Organizational Leadership/Business Management.

Attendees will have the opportunity to attend two of 15 workshops offering informal, hands-on experience and to meet and make personal connections with women in exciting STEM careers, said AAUW’s Kay Schiller.

Topics include rocket science, 3D printing, coding, dentistry as an art, the May 15 lunar eclipse, and veterinary medicine.

Brochures with registration forms will be mailed to students and available at colleges in the Walla Walla School District and College Place as well as the YWCA and YMCA the week of April 11. Class presentations are also scheduled around this time.

In addition to AAUW, sponsors include Walla Walla and College Place Public Schools, and the YWCA. Financial support is received from JL Stubblefield Trust, Yancey P. Winans Testamentary Trust, Mary Garner Esary Trust, George T. Welch Testamentary Trust and Clara and Art Bald Trust. Recognition also goes to 21st Century programs in the Walla Walla and College Place school districts and to Wa-Hi Principal Ron Higgins.

Full disclosure: I am a member of the AAUW and am happy to include news from every nonprofit and service group in our broadcast area for fundraisers, events, new leaders, special projects .

Annie Charnley Eveland is a retired editor and journalist. A freelance writer, she produces the weekly column Etcetera Sundays in the Union-Bulletin. Send news with contact name and daytime phone number to [email protected]


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