Source: Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems announcement
ELYRIA, Ohio – Helping girls and young women in Mexico explore careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), while furthering the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, is central to the mission of Knorr-Bremse Global Care North America (KBGCNA).
On August 27, the foundation co-sponsored the STEM for Social Good Bootcamp – Mexico, an online event and workshop hosted by the United Nations organization Girl Up, in partnership with Girl Up Latin America and the Caribbean. The event, centered in Mexico, featured local experts discussing careers in STEM fields and sharing advice for girls interested in the field, while also addressing the problem of water scarcity in Mexico.
KBGCNA is the North American arm of a global nonprofit organization, Knorr-Bremse Global Care. With the support of Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC, a member of Munich, Germany-based Knorr-Bremse, KBGCNA awarded Girl Up $50,000 in grant funding to support the event.
Bendix also provided programming and promotional support for the effort and hosted an in-person viewing of the virtual workshop attended by 30 participants at its Acuña, Mexico, manufacturing facility.
Together, the more than 100 bootcamp participants discussed STEM pursuits centering on the theme of United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 6: Clean Water and Sanitation, while also exploring ways to close the gender gap in STEM fields.
“Knorr-Bremse Global Care North America and Bendix are focused on supporting programs that encourage gender equality while at the same time helping young women to pursue their interest in STEM careers,” said Maria Gutierrez, president of KBGCNA and director of corporate responsibility and sustainability at Bendix. “Girl Up, through Girl Up Latin America (LATAM) and the STEM for Social Good Bootcamp in Mexico, is working toward these same goals: helping more girls to go into STEM careers and providing opportunities especially for those who wouldn’t otherwise be exposed to these fields.
“That is why we’re so proud to have partnered with this organization and to have lent our support. The bootcamp offered our participants the unique opportunity to see how their work in STEM can solve the problems of water scarcity and sanitation in local communities, and we’re so happy to be a part of that.”
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