Girls Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara is pleased to announced that Annabel Padilla is the organization’s new Assistant Director of Programs. Annabel has been a staff member with Girls Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara since 2001. She joined the staff team while studying at the University of California Santa Barbara where she completed her BA in History with a focus in Chicano Studies. She began as a facilitator focusing on science, math, and art. She fell in love with the mission and the work she was doing with girls.
Most recently, Annabel served as Assistant Center Director at the Santa Barbara Center. Prior to that role, Annabel has also served Girls Inc. in a variety of capacities, including: the Teen Center Case Worker and Mentoring Program Coordinator; Project Learn Facilitator; Fun in the Sun Assistant Coordinator; A-OK Program Facilitator; Counseling Center Translator; and Kinderfun Facilitator.
In her new role as Assistant Director of Programs Annabel will be working closely with Kristina Webster, Director of Programs, helping to support the center and program directors, assist with training staff, as well as developing and maintaining positive relationships with the girls, families, and partners throughout the community.
When she isn’t at Girls Inc., Annabel enjoys hiking, riding her bike, camping, reading, and spending time with her dog, Ginger.
At Girls Inc. we are energized and committed to the work necessary to advance girls’ rights.
It is our responsibility to make sure girls feel safe in school, at home, and in their communities.
Girls Inc. recently surveyed nearly 800 members including girls and alumnae, parents, staff, board members, and donors to determine the top challenges facing girls today.
Sixty-seven percent of respondents identified “Bullying, harassment, and sexual violence” as an issue of concern to them. We can’t ignore this.
Bullying and harassment is a problem that affects us all. Join us and sign our pledge to commit to standing up for girls, because with you in her corner, she will succeed.
DID YOU KNOW?
High school girls are more likely to be electronically bullied than their male peers (22% and 10%, respectively). They are also more likely to be bullied on school property (25% and 16%).
Latina and Black high school girls are less likely than their White peers to be the victim of electronic bullying (17%, 12%, and 26%, respectively.)
Latina and Black girls are also less likely than their White peers to be bullied on school property (19%, 15%, and 30%, respectively.)
MYTHS & FACTS
MYTH: Sexual harassment has to involve touching or propositioning sexual activity.
FACT: Sexual harassment can take many forms.
Sexual harassment is unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature. It can be verbal acts like name-calling, requests for sexual favors, sexual comments, jokes, gestures, images and graphics, graffiti, and other written statements or actions that may be physically threatening, harmful, humiliating.
Harassment can include the use of cell phones or the internet (“cyberbullying”). It does not matter whether the harasser intends to cause harm and harassment does not necessarily require repeated incidents.
Under Title IX, if the harassment is severe, persistent, or pervasive, schools have an obligation to do something about it so that the victim does not have to endure a “hostile learning environment.”
“Curie-osity” Project Brings Girls Face-to-Face with Women in STEM Fields
Girls Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara and the McEnroe Reading and Language Arts Clinic at the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education (GGSE) within the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) are collaborating for their “Curie-osity Project,” a pilot program that engages girls in grades 4-6 in research and inquiry-based activities with women scientists and engineers within the Santa Barbra community. The project name is inspired by the work of Marie Curie, the physicist and chemist who was awarded the Nobel Prize twice for her work in radioactivity.
Diana Arya, GGSE faculty member and Director of the McEnroe Reading and Language Arts Clinic, offers her rationale for spearheading this collaborative effort:
“Women have experienced a long history of inequality and discrimination, reflected in the lack of acknowledgement of women who have contributed to technological and scientific progress over the past centuries and in the underrepresentation of women pursuing STEM studies and professions. The Curie-osity Project is designed for young girls to develop skills needed for critically engaging with scientific issues, and stimulate interest in STEM studies and careers.”
For the remaining academic year, 25 girls from the Girls Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara After-school Program will visit the UCSB labs and research sites to first interview women from a variety of scientific and engineering disciplines and learn about their work. The girls are led by UCSB undergraduate students who are facilitating the hands-on, minds-on activities at the university, all focused on the ultimate, collaborative goal of publishing a book about the interviewed women that have made significant contributions to their respective fields. Girls are recording their sessions with these scientists and creating video blogs of each week’s activities, which can be found on Facebook (@girlsincsb) and at https://education.ucsb.edu/impact/local/curie-osity-project.
Girls will present their research findings and their book at the end of May.
“At Girls Inc. our core Operation SMART approach and programs develop girls’ enthusiasm for and skills in science, technology, engineering, and math,” says Kristina Webster, Girls Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara Program Director. “Curie-osity allows girls opportunities for hands-on activities, exploration and problem solving, and an inquisitive environment in which to ask questions and persist. When they interact with women pursuing STEM careers, girls view these careers as exciting and as realistic options for themselves.”
Women make up half of the total U.S. college-educated workforce, but only 29% of the science and engineering workforce (National Girls Collaborative Project). The Curie-osity Project is made possible through support from McEnroe Reading and Language Arts Clinic that funds a graduate student coordinator, Jasmine McBeath, and course credit provided through UCSB’s undergraduate programming.