Women of the Well House supports new campus programs: Indiana University Kokomo

KOKOMO, Ind. – A project to add native plant species to campus, a digital storytelling and oral creation workshop, opportunities for students to mentor other students, and initiatives to diversify computer science students, received $ 28,077 in grants from Indiana University Kokomo’s Women of the House of the Well.

The donor circle funded 10 programs run by faculty, staff and students.

Cathy Clearwaters, director of development, said that since its inception in 2017, the circle has donated around $ 110,000 to programs benefiting not only IU Kokomo, but the surrounding community.

“By pooling our resources, the women at the Wellhouse are seeing how these initiatives are having a positive impact on our community, and it’s so gratifying,” she said.

Mr. Abdullah Canbaz, assistant professor of computer science, said his grant would help attract under-represented computer science students to consider the field.

“Not only do female college students, blacks and Hispanics lack the access and exposure to computers that their counterparts do, but there are long-standing social barriers that foster a narrow view of who makes the difference. computer science that can hold back interest and advancement. ” he said. “As our field continues to grow and mature, it is essential to identify and nurture diversity in our ranks and publications. We want to offer financial incentive, positive encouragement and peer mentoring for the students selected in our program.

Christina Romero-Ivanova, Assistant Professor of Education, was honored to receive grants to support a week of oral writing and digital literacy workshops for the Indiana State Literacy Association, of which she is a board member.

“The festival provides an opportunity for community voices who may have been marginalized to speak out about their stories,” she said. “The grants keep it going and allow us to support teachers and high school students in Indiana, while collaborating with my colleagues and students on our campus, as well as others around the state.”

A portion of the grant also provides more than 2,000 books for youth in foster care statewide.

“This is important because it helps families become literate at home,” said Romero-Ivanova, who applied for the grant with Brooke Komar, guest speaker in psychology.

Additional funded programs included:

• Dedicate and Educate: IU Kokomo Native Plants Project: Andy Tuholski, Director of the Sustainability Office and guest speaker in political science, requested funding to expand annual planting efforts on campus, putting the emphasis on emphasis on introducing more native species and creating university-approved species. identification signs for native trees and plants on campus in prominent locations.

• Podfest ’22: Paul Cook, Podfest President and Board Members Erin Doss, Tess Barker, Meg Galasso, Jamie Oslawski-Lopez, Quiana Preston, Julie Deem and Jim Coby plan to continue the podcasting festival that started in 2021 with a virtual edition. The 2022 event will be a month-long podcasting festival, both in person and online, where students from diverse backgrounds and experiences can share creative digital stories, engage with the community and celebrate the power and connecting power of human storytelling.

• Educational Partnerships: Julie Saam, Assistant Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs, has requested funding for a student, learner and teacher program in which Equity Ambassadors from Multicultural Centers will serve as paid educational consultants. faculty.

• From STEM majors to educators – an initiative to recruit STEM teachers: the project, led by Leah Nellis, dean of the School of Education, Christian Chauret, dean of the School of Sciences, Lu Wang, assistant professor of teaching of sciences and Patrick Motl, associate dean of the Faculty of science and professor of physics; attempts to meet the need to prepare high quality STEM teachers and serves as a first step in recruiting STEM majors and professionals to consider teaching.

• NMAT Students / Tutors: This program will hire young and senior high achievers in new media, arts and technology to assist, train or mentor foundational students or students preparing for their thesis work. It will empower graduate students through mentoring and teaching from their peers, while helping students in need of additional support, skills or knowledge. Erik Deerly, NMAT President and NMAT Professor, received the scholarship.

• Educator Well-Being and Resilience: Dean Leah Nellis and Cheryl Moore-Beyioku, Special Education Lecturer, requested funding to expand her program, which is designed to support the well-being and resilience of pre-service educators and educators. of School of Education alumni, through mentoring, self-care practices and connection, to foster teacher retention.

• Support for the launch of the KEY Center for Innovation: Funding will assist with the infrastructure of the new Center, which provides experiential learning to students through community projects, while expanding the campus presence in the community. Director Alan Krabbenhoft said the needs include workspace and equipment for presentations, as well as membership fees from professional associations.

• Travel to Prince Edward Island for the Anne of the Green Gables Literacy Circle: The grants would help pay for the travel costs of undergraduate and graduate students, alumni, staff, and faculty as a culminating trip to deliver experiences related to the Anne of the Green Gables series of books. Christina Romero-Ivanova, assistant professor of education, leads the group.

Membership in Women of the Well House is open to women who pledge $ 1,000 per year. Each member has a voice in the selection of projects to be funded. For more information, contact Clearwaters at [email protected] or 765-455-9410.

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