Community Coalition Welcomes Announcement of STEM Illinois

The Champaign County Community Coalition will dedicate its meeting on March 11, 2020, to a presentation on an exciting new initiative to build an eco-system of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics that leaves no member of our community behind – STEM Illinois.  The meeting will be held from 3:30-5:00 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Champaign (101 Trade Center Drive, Champaign).  All members of the public are welcome to attend.

During the Community Coalition meeting, University of Illinois representatives will announce publicly and share information about STEM Illinois, a community-centered public engagement initiative that will strengthen our community and encourage youth from diverse backgrounds to explore STEM education and career opportunities.  Some of the STEM Illinois components that will be announced include STEM FEST and STEM Saturdays, Communiversity, Think and Do Tank, Communiversity Wellness Center, Ghetto Genius Street College, the Hip Hop Xpress Double Dutch Boom Bus, and the Community & University Art Gallery.

“We are extremely excited to be able to announce some of our ambitious plans for the STEM Illinois initiative,” said Robert J. Jones, chancellor of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. “This is a community-wide effort that we believe will put the power of a strong STEM education directly into the hands of young men and women who will use it to change their world forever.”

“We know that STEM education is a critical part of youth development. We want to ensure our youth are fully exposed to the opportunities that STEM education and activities can provide,” said Tracy Parsons, facilitator of the Community Coalition. “The Community Coalition is pleased to support this university-based initiative and to provide organizers with a forum to publicly announce STEM Illinois.”

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