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Be nothing less and nothing short of that," Causey-Bush
Mentoring was emphasized in Harvey Mudd math professor Talithia Williams' keynote address, event coordinator Tonia Causey-Bush's opening remarks, mentoring advice from Sacred SISTAHS board members Jerilyn Boykin's and Sadikisha Majadi's mentoring advice, comments by Rashan Walker of Environmental Systems Research Institute, Dr. Eleanor Williams, Society of Women Engineers president Scarlett Carrillo of the Society of Women Engineers and workshop facilitators Tracy Drain and Cora Carmody and conversations of all adults talking with or to nearly 100 girls.
SISTAHS is the nonprofit educational and mentoring organization's acronym for Sisters in Solidarity Teaching And Healing our Spirits
, said Dr. Tonia Causey-Bush
of Fontana, the Ganesha High School graduate and former Pomona resident who founded the group in 2004.
Causey-Bush created Sacred SISTAHS because she was alarmed about the negative behavior and attitudes of too many young black girls.
joined forces with her
female relatives, friends and professional/community associates to link college-educated, career-minded and business-oriented women with girls.
"We want to inspire each girl to fulfill her
dreams and not accept a glass-ceiling mentality about women in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics," Causey-Bush
The theme "Planting Seeds of Innovation" reflects the inspirational nature of the participating careerists, college officials, health-care professionals, engineers, mathematicians, scientists and technology experts.
"These women are all excellent role models, professionally and personally, and worthy of emulation," Causey-Bush
"The objective is to inspire each girl to fulfill her
academic and career dreams.
If they see someone practicing in a field they have an interest in, we're hoping these adult practitioners will plant the seeds and role model behavior."
Establishing relationships with potential mentors hopefully creates "long-term pipelines that will continue through college completion and professions," continued Causey-Bush, principal of Mango Elementary School in Fontana.
"These pipelines additionally involve the girls returning to the community as college-educated women with careers and unique professions.
"They then are charged with the responsibility of inspiring, mentoring and motivating more girls," she
Tonia Causey-Bush, Ph.D.
President/CEO, Sacred Sistahs, Inc.