Investing in education is one of the ways that Newmont aims to improve equality and the quality of life in the communities where we operate. In July, representatives from Newmont’s Nevada operations were invited to speak with students at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) for the Northern Nevada Girls Math and Technology Program summer camp.
The program, started in 1998, helps to increase girls’ knowledge, skills and confidence in mathematics and technology – and it helps them parlay those skills into their personal, academic and occupational lives. The five-day summer camp brings girls from grades seven and eight together from all academic abilities and backgrounds.
Katie Gardner, an underground mine engineer at our Leeville Complex north of Carlin, was invited to be a guest speaker on the opening day of activities. Katie shared with the group her education, career path and experience applying math and technology to her role each day. She brings her passion for mining into the community as the Professional Development Subcommittee Chair of the Young Leaders’ Committee at the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration (SME). After sharing her expertise with the group, Katie and other Newmont women joined the campers for lunch, giving the girls an opportunity to dig deeper into the mining industry and ask questions about the various career options available.
Thanks to both the Newmont volunteers and the summer camp organizers for bringing this worthwhile event together.