Community Engagement

We believe that science education stretches beyond the classroom, and, as such, we are active members of the University of Michigan community and the greater community. Individually and collectively, we serve our communities through outreach events that inform the general public about science and inspire people about the various paths and identities of scientists. Our research projects are accompanied by complimentary outreach initiatives that empower the voices of minoritized groups and communities. Outside of research, individual group members have participated in local and national science outreach programs that work towards closing the gender and racial divides in STEM. As a group of educators and leaders, we strive to teach, support, and inspire future scientists.

In My Shoes. Members of our group—Ginger, Field, Danielle, and Rebecca—work with others in the UM community to produce In My Shoes, a podcast series intended to connect members of the UM community that might experience UM in a different way. In My Shoes provides a space for members of the UM community—students, faculty, staff, and alumni—to discuss their experiences, share perspectives, and learn from one another.

Letters to a Pre-Scientist. Members of our group—Solaire, Danielle, and Ina—participate in the Letters to a Pre-Scientist program in which they serve as a pen pal scientist to students in low-income communities where students may not otherwise be exposed to interactions with STEM professionals or STEM careers.

                     

Other outreach programs at UM: