Dr. Raquell Holmes leads a team of volunteer creative scientists, mathematicians and techies in an afternoon of STEM play with youth and adults from poor communities. These scientists and science enthusiast are eager to create opportunities for everyone to explore STEM. They recognize that STEM education and experiences are important and not always accessible to those who live in poor neighborhoods.

Dr Holmes is working with CSO organizers to develop an inclusive CSO program through improvisational performance. She will provide recommendations for inclusive practices that will support and generate leaders for inclusion in science. Together Dr. Holmes and the CSO program are creating a place where students who love science can be part of creating its inclusive and socially relevant culture. (And their future jobs).

The success of the CSO program is recognizing that the students are the creative force.

What are the benefits and experience of improvisation?

In these free online improv sessions, we practice listening, building with the contributions (offers) of others, and collective storytelling. Scientists around the country are discovering that improvisational theater helps their communication and collaboration skills. Scientists strengthen their ability to hear what others are saying, to speak spontaneously and respond to the unexpected—all qualities that deepen our ability to generate scientific conversations.

How do you develop your capacity to lead a growing research group? In Tempe, Arizona State University faculty in STEM disciplines have the opportunity to explore this question with improvscience founder, Dr. Holmes.

In this 2-session Coaching Intensive, participants develop their mentoring capacity. Through playful and practical exercises, participants explore and address the specific challenges that arise for them in leading their research projects.

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