2020 DEI Ambassadors Aida Rahmattalabi, Caroline Johnston, Phoebe Vayanos: STEM Ed to Underserved

Bringing STEM Education to Underserved Communities
Industry and academia suffer from lack of full participation in STEM fields, excluding those from traditionally marginalized groups. To help address this problem, we have partnered with Code in the Schools, a non-profit in Baltimore city and STEM academy of Hollywood, a high school in Los Angeles to bring students from traditionally under-represented groups in STEM together and engage them in fun AI/OR projects for social good. The students will work in teams and are guided by mentors from the INFORMS community to address problems in areas including public health, conservation, etc. The goal is to raise students' interest in AI/OR and help them build a network with mentors and fellow students.