Innovation Academy for Women of the Americas 2017

The successful model for the Innovation Academy for Women of the Americas came about at the University of New Mexico (UNM) as an empowerment initiative for young women, particularly from vulnerable minority groups, studying in areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Architecture (STEM+A). In order to broaden the access to their high-quality program, UNM created an alliance with the Autonomous University of Yucatan (UADY) and La Salle University, Mexico. With the support of the 100,000 Strong in the Americas program, the first Innovation Academy was held at UNM in June 2016. 

The Academy divided into four main areas covering topics from Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Architecture:

  1. Evaluation, modelling and forecasting (quality of life and health);
  2. Technology for registering and monitoring of quality indicators;
  3. Analysis of environmental indicators related to problems of life and health quality;
  4. Analysis of urban situation involving social strategy design (design of social habitat).

The central focus was Sustainability: personal, academic, professional and social responsibility. Academic credits will be available.

UNM awarded five (5) postgraduate "Amigo Scholarships" to the most outstanding participants.