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Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day, April 28

This year’s theme is “Sparking Aha! Moments”

  • Event hosted by Office of Human Resources expected to draw more than 350 children
  • Sign up early, registration deadline is April 13
  • Volunteers needed to help organize and host this one-day program for children

EVANSTON, Ill. --- The 22nd annual Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day is open to friends and relatives ages 8 through 16 of Northwestern University faculty and staff members.

The 2016 theme is “Sparking Aha! Moments.”

Registration is now open and ends April 13. The registration fee is $15 per each child and $15 per each adult.

This yearly educational program is meant to introduce children to a variety of workplace roles. It is expected to draw a total of more than 350 children on both campuses.

Founded by the Ms. Foundation for Women and later formed into the Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Foundation, this event is a nationally recognized program to demonstrate the value of education to girls and boys, while providing a hands-on and interactive environment to help them envision their professional goals.

The Office of Human Resources will be hosting the Northwestern event this year, with continuing sponsorship support from the University’s Women’s Center, the Association of Northwestern University Women (ANUW) and the Office of the President.

The children will participate in one tour track comprised of three morning workshops built around a STEM curriculum, combining science, technology, engineering and math with fun. Northwestern faculty members, staff, student or guest volunteers will teach these classes.

Twenty tour tracks are being offered on the Evanston campus and ten on the Chicago campus. 

Evanston campus

Evanston campus workshops include “Flubber,” an introduction to polymers by making slime; “Animated Tales,” a tutorial on how to make Web-based stories; and “Bonjour! Hola! Jambo!,” an introduction to diverse cultures and international education.

Chicago campus

Chicago campus workshops include “Court’s in Session,” a mock trial where children will work with professionals to try a case; “Brain Works,” an introduction to how the brain works; and “Speak Up and Swallow This,” a session about how the mouth and throat work together.

Following the three workshops, the children will meet their Northwestern faculty or staff sponsor for lunch and ice cream. 

The Evanston campus luncheon will feature guest speaker Deborah Douglas, a journalist and adjunct lecturer at the Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications. Douglas is a Chicago correspondent for, and a former Chicago Sun-Times columnist and editorial board member.

The Chicago campus luncheon will feature guest speaker Susan Schaad, the procurement manager for TreeHouse Foods, Inc., an Oak Brook-based private label food and beverage leader focused on customer brands and custom products.

Volunteers are needed to help organize and host this year’s workshops. 

More information and descriptions of the Evanston and Chicago campus tour tracks are available online.  

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