UVA Students Go Door to Door to Discuss STEM Career Opportunities

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in Prospect Ave. neighborhood in Prospect Ave. neighborhood

A group of University of Virginia students went door to door in a Charlottesville neighborhood Saturday to increase awareness about high-tech career opportunities.

"It takes you to continue your education forward and pursing it in college," Morgan Lataillade said.

Lataillade is the president of the National Society of Black Engineers at UVA.

"We go throughout neighborhoods in Charlottesville and hand out information in pursuing STEM fields,” Lataillade said.

The organization wants to see diversity in career fields involving science, technology, engineering and math.

"We want to encourage students to pursue the fields they're interested in and not look at it and say 'Oh, I don't see someone who looks like myself so I don't think I can do it,'” Lataillade said.

Kayla Holston with the society says going to a person's front door is a big step in giving information a family may be looking for.

“The big thing about going door to door is bringing the education about education to them. A lot of people may not have the means to come out to an event we have at UVA," Holston said.

She says if the organization can get one message across to the Prospect Avenue neighborhood it would be to show them there are successful black engineers.

She says the organization is happy to lend a hand to any child who wants to advance their education.

"Even if they don't pursue a science, technology engineering or math career, they can excel academically and we are here to support them in any way we can," Holston said.

The National Society of Black Engineers has starter interest clubs and classes available at schools in both Charlottesville and Albemarle County.

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