Science outreach is about giving back to the community and inspiring the next generation. I have had many great mentors over the years, but rarely ones that look like me. It is important to me that I take time to speak and interact with our youth about science so that they can see themselves represented in the field. #BlackandSTEM
Looking to get involved? Check out a few amazing programs that I have worked with in the past:
The BMA is a non-profit organization formed from Black In Microbiology Week that was created to showcase and amplify the voices of Black microbiologists across the globe.
This NIH-funded program run out of the University of Detroit Mercy and Wayne State University is designed to increase the numbers of underrepresented students in the biomedical sciences.
A wonderful, mentor-driven after school program developed in partnership between Chicago Public Schools, the Boys & Girls Club of Chicago and Northwestern University to introduce underserved urban youth to different STEM fields and careers.
STEM professionals share their careers with Chicagoland youth through hands-on activities at the Museum of Science and Industry.