UWM GEMS Workshop

Defining Humanity’s co-founder, Taruna Gupta, is very passionate about advocating for girls in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). Being a woman in a traditionally male-dominated profession, and having faced challenges firsthand, she has spent her career mentoring young women in the field of architecture and design.

Girls in STEM are breaking barriers and challenging traditional gender norms, making significant strides in fields that have historically been male-dominated. As awareness grows about the importance of diversity in these industries, more girls are finding their place and excelling in STEM-related pursuits. Encouraging girls to explore their interests in science and technology from an early age is essential in fostering a pipeline of talented and diverse professionals. By dismantling stereotypes and promoting inclusivity, we empower girls to pursue their passions and contribute valuable perspectives to the innovation and progress of STEM fields.

Defining Humanity took an inspiring step towards fostering inclusivity in the fields of architecture and construction by organizing a hands-on design exercise at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, Waukesha campus. This engaging workshop was a pivotal component of the annual GEMS (Girls in Engineering, Math, and Science) Day, a platform dedicated to sparking interest and enthusiasm among middle school and high school girls for careers in STEM-related disciplines. The focal point of the workshop was an imaginative design activity playfully dubbed "Do you want to build a Treehouse." Through this activity, students were provided with precut shapes, empowering them to envision and construct their unique versions of a treehouse. Guided by a passionate team of architects and women in the construction industry, the hands-on experience aimed not only to ignite creativity but also to instill a sense of confidence in the participants. Complementing the design activity, the event included an insightful presentation shedding light on the role of architects and the diverse pathways available for aspiring young women to embark on a rewarding career in the architectural profession. By combining practical engagement with informative sessions, Defining Humanity's initiative at GEMS Day sought to inspire the next generation of female architects and builders, breaking down barriers and encouraging these young minds to envision themselves as integral contributors to the world of design and construction.

As a society, we must continue to support and champion the aspirations of girls in STEM, ensuring that their potential is recognized, nurtured, and celebrated. Through mentorship, educational initiatives, and creating inclusive environments, we can pave the way for a future where girls in STEM not only thrive but also play a pivotal role in shaping the technological landscape of tomorrow.