Aurora to Present Hidden Figures to Inspire High School Students

Private showing of film for 350 will highlight value of diversity and STEM education

February 21, 2017

Milwaukee – Aurora Health Care will host more than 350 high school students at a private showing of an acclaimed, award-winning film, Hidden Figures, followed by a panel discussion from a diverse group of women leaders from Aurora. The event will be held at the Marcus Majestic Cinema of Brookfield from 9:30 a.m. to noon Thursday, Feb. 23.

“At Aurora, our purpose is to help people live well, and much of why we are able to carry out this purpose is through our innovative advances in science, technology, engineering and mathematics,” said Cristy Garcia-Thomas, chief diversity and inclusion officer with Aurora Health Care. “Much like the women in Hidden Figures, our panel of Aurora caregivers uses these four fields to accomplish remarkable things every day.”  

The invited students are each involved in STEM and health care curriculum at North Division High School, South Division High School, James Madison Academic Campus, Alexander Hamilton High School, Cristo Rey Jesuit High School–Milwaukee, St. Joan Antida High School and Young Coggs Preparatory Academy.

The Aurora panel will discuss the disparity of women in STEM fields, the personal experience of working in health care and advice for students pursuing a STEM career. The six panelists will include Erika Colon, nurse ambassador; Mary Beth Kingston, chief nursing officer; Jacqueline Oraedu, physician assistant, Dr. Felicia Robertson, family medicine; Dr. Nyama Sillah, plastic and reconstructive surgery; and Dr. Judy Tjoe, surgical breast oncology.

Hidden Figures covers the untold story of a team of African-American women mathematicians who served a vital role during the early years of NASA.

A similar event will occur March 7 at the Marcus Menomonee Falls Cinema with over 100 students from Hartford Union High School and West Bend High School. The event will be followed by a diverse panel of experts from human resources, emergency medicine, nursing and other fields.

About Aurora Health Care:
Aurora Health Care is a not-for-profit Wisconsin-area health care provider and a national leader in efforts to improve health care quality. Aurora offers services at sites in more than 90 communities throughout eastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. Aurora is Wisconsin's most comprehensive health care provider and the state's largest private employer. Aurora serves more than 1.2 million patients every year via a comprehensive network of facilities, services and providers, including 15 hospitals, 159 clinics, 70 pharmacies and 32,000 amazing caregivers. As evidenced by more than 300 active clinical trials, Aurora is dedicated to delivering innovations to provide the best possible care today, and to define the best care for tomorrow. Get helpful health and wellness information via the Aurora MyHealth blog, our Facebook page, our Twitter account and our Pinterest account.


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