Science Club for Girls is pleased to honor Dr. Oneeka Williams as a 2014 Catalyst Award honoree. She is on a mission to ‘Educate, Empower and Enrich’ the lives of children, especially girls, towards a greater interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math.
Dr. Williams has combined her love of science, medicine and public health with her love of writing to create global impact. She has published a series of children’s books featuring Dr. Dee Dee Dynamo- Super Surgeon on the Go, which has been embraced by children and educators across the country and various parts of the world.
As Founder and President of Dr. Dee Dee Dynamo LLC, Dr. Williams has developed a mechanism to engage children in the joys of science at an early age. Her belief is that by planting the seeds of curiosity, incorporating science content into an entertainment platform and delivering the message in the form of a powerful, confident girl character, she will create early imprinting of what is possible thus dispelling the common childhood belief, that scientists are ‘old, white men with spectacles’. Her goal is to build a multi-media vehicle that will touch every child.
Furthermore, by creating interest, confidence and proficiency at an early age, Dr Williams believes that this will have a profound impact on increasing the percentage of women and underrepresented minorities entering STEM careers. Consequently, the implications for economic empowerment and the eventual effects on health disparities in these groups can be life altering.
Dr. Williams is a distinguished Urologic Surgeon at St Elizabeth’s Medical Center and Assistant Clinical Professor of Urology at Tufts Medical School. She is a tireless mentor to girls and students, a dedicated leader in multiple community organizations, an innovator and visionary who also shares her passion and knowledge by speaking frequently to both children and adults on STEM, literacy and health related topics. She is committed to encouraging excellence, and inspiring especially girls and children of color that, in the words of Dr. Dee Dee Dynamo, ‘NOT EVEN THE SKY IS THE LIMIT!’
Dr. Williams completed a BA in Biophysics at Johns Hopkins University. She received her MD, MPH at Harvard Medical School and School of Public Health, and completed surgical training at Massachusetts General Hospital and The Lahey Clinic.