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On March 31, high school students heard from notable women in math at CSU, participated in fun math activities, chatted with current female and genderqueer graduate students in math and toured parts of CSU’s campus.
Sarah Hervey, a second-generation professor, continues to leave a legacy at Colorado State University by creating a brand new course in the Department of Psychology.
For Melissa (Mel) Morado, personal growth reflects in her scientific life, and scientific growth reflects in her personal life.
“I hope that I’ve left the institution in a better position, as a better place than when I first came here. I’m hoping that I influenced the number of students and faculty members to carry on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion work. I’m hoping that I set an example and high bar for people to continue to be good mentors, good researchers and good teachers, to all people and to all students.”
– Greg Florant, professor emeritus in the Department of Biology
Humeyumptewa is a fourth-year student majoring in Clinical and Counseling Psychology with a minor in Indigenous Studies, in the Department of Ethnic Studies and is also an enrolled member of the Hopi Tribe sun clan, based in Arizona.
“Hunter is a passionate student with remarkably deep moral courage and an unwavering ethic of care … Hunter unapologetically speaks truth to power, demanding that science collectively recognizes the ways in which it has and continues to exist within certain social constructs, including gender binaries, among others.”
– Vincent Basile, co-director of the Race and Intersectionality Studies in the Education Equity Center in the School of Education
Three CSU students of color developed a new peer-led math space, called Inflection Point, that hopes to improve student support through community and shared learning.
Alex Hopkins found community through the Native American Cultural Center and Academic Advancement Center when she started at CSU. By the time she graduated, Hopkins was a peer mentor in both centers, as well as an accomplished alumna.
Okiefe Ogbe, a recent graduate from the Department of Statistics, hopes to use his experiences at Colorado State University to make higher education and the field of statistics more accessible to high school students.
Sophomore Colorado State University biology student Noelle Mason has a passion for the black-footed ferret, and she’s working to protect it – along with many other species – using advanced biotechnology.
While SACNAS was initially meant to bring representation to a few minority groups, it has evolved to become inclusive of all minoritized groups in STEM.
Koch has been at the forefront of policy since the 2016 elections. Despite the challenge of political activism, she recognized a need to bridge the political and scientific worlds, and she attempted to fill it.
Rachel Brenner, professor in the Department of Psychology, is developing specific interventions that center mindfulness and self-compassion to reduce barriers to seeking mental health support and the impacts of LGBTQIA+ discrimination.
“I want to make sure that everyone feels really comfortable and welcome no matter what their background is, making sure they know that this is a place that they can thrive and do well no matter what.”
– Ariana Mims, a senior in the Department of Computer Science