Nifosi Talks Virtually With Young Girls Of Color About STEM Education

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Reaching Out To An Underrepresented Group In The STEM Community

Johanna Nifosi in a Prairie

Ecologist Johanna Nifosi poses in a prairie.

(Credit: Johanna Nifosi. Public domain.)

Johanna Nifosi (GLSC, Chesterton, Indiana) participated in a virtual outreach event focused on empowering young girls of color through exposure to STEM education and women of color (WOC) who are leaders in the field. Nifosi gave a presentation about her experience in STEM, the steps she took to reach where she is, and the scientific investigations in which she participates. One session was with elementary students on April 10, 2021, while the other was with middle/high school students on April 15. The presentations had a short follow-up art and planting activity. The event was hosted by Brushwood Center and Audubon Great Lakes in partnership with the Chocolate Chips Association, a group that seeks to instill a passion for Science, Technology, Engineering, Entrepreneurship, Art, and Math (S.T.E2.A.M.TM) in girls, with a goal of increasing interests in related careers among underrepresented girls.