Events Calendar


Making Diversity Visible

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

4:30-6:00 pm

Target Audience: K-12 teachers, informal educators, community partners.

Credit: 1.5 SCECHs ($10 for all sessions in the 2020-21 LSSI Learning Series)

Cost: FREE


Become more aware of how you can incorporate diversity and under-represented STEM career role models into your curriculum. Consider how all students benefit from greater understanding of the richness and creativity that comes from more diverse minds working together.

Resources will be shared, including trade books, STEM career role model posters, activities & lessons, suggestions for identifying diverse presenters (virtual presentations make it so much easier!), and more.


Brittnee Shows began her journey with the federal government in 2011 as an intern through the Demmer Scholars program, stationed at the USDA Forest Service Headquarters in Washington, D.C. Upon completion of her B.S. in Fisheries & Wildlife from Michigan State University in 2012, she continued her career with the Forest Service working as a wildlife biologist, primarily stationed in Milwaukee, WI. This position required her to travel to National Forests within the Northeast Region during field seasons to assist with habitat management for endangered species. In 2016, she returned home to Detroit, where she works as a regulatory biologist for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Brittnee noticed the lack of diversity in natural resources career fields very early in her tenure. She has made a concerted effort to bring awareness to the need for greater diversity in natural resource careers by participating in diversity and inclusion programs, whenever possible. Ten years later, Brittnee is still committed to serving and protecting wildlife, while continuing to encourage students to become the next generation of scientists and natural resource managers.

Lea Sevigny has been a middle school educator and Instructional Coach in Forest Hills for 27 years. For the past 12 years she has focused her professional learning on place-based outdoor education, using it in her own classroom and supporting area teachers in their place-based efforts. Through her district’s Global Learner’s Initiative (GLI), Lea continues to grow in her knowledge of inclusion, equity, and empathy for the global society and incorporates those concepts in her middle school GLI Lead the Way course.

Joan Chadde, director of the Michigan Tech Center for Science & Environmental Outreach for the past 25 years, has worked with Detroit Public School teachers & students since 2009, conducting teacher workshops and student field trips, in collaboration with partners across the city, to promote STEM, environmental literacy and stewardship. She has been engaged in promoting diversity in STEM careers, working with Michigan Tech student chapters-— National Society of Black Engineers, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, American Indian Science & Engineering Society–who conduct family engineering events for black and Hispanic elementary students and their families. She is a member of the Michigan Alliance for Environmental & Outdoor Education’s committee on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

Zoom Meeting Link Information will be emailed to you.

The Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative (LSSI) is presenting a biweekly Professional Learning Series this school year for K-12 formal and non-formal educators, community members, and parents to enhance Great Lakes stewardship, facilitate outdoor learning, deepen understanding through place- and project- based learning opportunities and foster a community of learners.

Check the LSSI website CLICK HERE
for upcoming webinars!

This is a joint project between the Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative which is a collaboration of the Western UP MiSTEM Network, MTU’s Center for Science & Environmental Outreach, and regional partners to connect schools and communities in the stewardship of Lake Superior and its Watershed.

Funding provided by grants awarded by: MiSTEM Network Advisory Council and NOAA B-Wet