Girl Scouts to host State of the Girl event at Marshall University
HUNTINGTON — The Girl Scouts of Black Diamond Council will host its State of the Girl event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 12 in the Don Morris Room of the Marshall University Memorial Student Center in Huntington.
The event will feature a panel of female leaders, a luncheon, roundtable discussions and networking opportunities and is open to current and former Girl Scouts as well as non-Girl Scouts.
“Girl Scouts of Black Diamond is committed to gathering ideas from women across the state who take action in their own communities and workplaces,” said Beth Casey, CEO of Girl Scouts of Black Diamond Council. “In these conversations, we can find ways to work toward reversing some of the trends outlined in the State of Girls report. We start that process by bringing together teachers, mentors, leaders and anyone who is willing to share their experiences and ideas with us.”
State of Girls is a first-of-its-kind research report conducted by the Girl Scout Research Institute that focuses on girls’ health and well-being in the United States. The data from this research shows the economic conditions affecting girls in the United States have not recovered from the recession that began in 2007. The study finds more girls are living in poverty and low-income households today than 10 years ago. West Virginia ranks 38th in overall well-being of girls in the United States.
Casey will serve as a panel moderator with Dr. Kelli Johnson, co-director of Marshall University President’s Commission on Diversity, Equality and Inclusion. The panelists include Dr. Gayle Brazeau, dean of the Marshall University School of Pharmacy, Pam Harvit, founder of the Harvit Group in Charleston, and Dr. Feon Smith, assistant professor in the Department of Education at Marshall.
This event was also held at West Virginia University’s College of Law in June. Panelists were asked about some of the findings of the study, such as the finding that girls in West Virginia are 12 percent more likely to struggle with math by eighth grade than girls nationwide. During the roundtable discussions, guests worked collaboratively to answer questions about what they could do to improve the future of girls in West Virginia, sharing personal experiences, philosophies and innovative ideas.
Registration for adult members and current Girl Scouts is $10, while registration for non-Girl Scouts is $15. A registration discount is available to all parties when the code 289SOG001 is entered in the registration process.