Expanding Your Horizons at UC Berkeley

The Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) Program at UC Berkeley is an annual conference that provides 400-500 middle school girls with hands-on experience in science and engineering through a day of workshops led by women. Many of these girls will be the first in their family to go to college, and face barriers including navigating financial aid and scholarships. My role with EYH was to organize a concurrent conference for the parents with panels on financial aid, STEM activities, and college preparation. After serving as a committee member from 2015-2016, I served as chair of the parent conference for two additional years, overseeing a team of women working to find panelists, gather materials, and fund the event. Our efforts during the course of my leadership resulted in a 60% increase in attendance, and we received positive feedback from parents who came home with quality resources to help prepare to send their daughters to college.