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DPVA offers hands-on activities for visiting group

Part of E-STEAM Project for Girls

Faculty members from CAHSS’ Department of Performing and Visual Arts offered a group of six girls several hands-on activities during their Feb. 13 visit.

The activities were part of the American Association of University Women’s (AAUW) E-STEAM Exploring Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) Project for Girls, which involved six sessions throughout the semester. The NSU chapter of AAUW organized the activities for the girls, with the Feb. 13 visit marking the final session of the semester. The girls are all involved with the nonprofit Pace Center for Girls intervention program. The girls worked with DPVA Assistant Professor Kandy Lopez-Moreno, M.F.A., and Associate Professor Tennille Shuster, M.F.A. Shuster and Lopez-Moreno hosted a screen printmaking workshop with assistance from DPVA students.


During an earlier session, the girls participated in a graphic design class with Shuster and learned how to create an image from scratch. During the workshop, they printed those designs on shirts, papers, and tote bags.

“The girls really enjoyed making their own unique creations with a quotation and image that is important in their life,” said Laura Macias, an academic advisor in the College of Engineering and Computing and member of AAUW-NSU.


Career advisor Ashley Rizzotto from NSU’s Office of Career Development featured an activity where the girls used cards with values like “honesty” and “integrity” to represent what they want in a career. These selections also factored into PowerPoint presentations that they individually created with assistance from Maureen McDermott, Ed.D., an Associate Professor in the Abraham S. Fischler College of Education and member of AAUW-NSU. The girls learned about public speaking when presenting their PowerPoints.

The event culminated with a celebratory cake and the awarding of certificates and goody bags.

“This is one of our most exciting projects that we hope to continue in the future,” said Lopez-Moreno.

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