Mission & History

FEMMES Mission
FEMMES (Females Excelling More in Math, Engineering and Science) is dedicated to closing gender and racial divides in computer science and science, technology, engineering and math (CS/STEM) fields. Working specifically in diverse, underserved communities, FEMMES creates collaborative teaching and learning environments to promote leadership development, technical skills and self-confidence in women of all ages.


FEMMES History
FEMMES was founded in 2006 at Duke University by undergraduate student Vicki Weston. In 2011 as medical student at the University of Michigan, Vicki established the University of Michigan chapter which has grown rapidly. In addition, FEMMES has chapters at Duke University, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, and University of Illinois.


A Non-discrimination Organization
FEMMES at the University of Michigan is dedicated to empowering girls and young women as students and practitioners in STEM fields. While FEMMES strives to provide female-to-female mentorship opportunities through programming primarily geared towards females, the organization will not turn away interested volunteers or participants on the basis of sex, gender, gender identity, or gender expression. Additionally, FEMMES does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, religion, height, weight, or veteran status.