ISP Scholar Monserrat Carrillo-Rodriquez

As an ISP Scholar, Monserrat Carrillo-Rodriguez is appointed with the Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus/Latino Caucus Foundation. Her work is significant in targeting food security through access to healthy cultural fruits and vegetables for community wellness through workshops and urban farming and greenhouses in the Humboldt Park neighborhood. Monserrat shared some thoughts with me about the ISP program, and her work so far.

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ISP Scholar Yasamin Khoshpour

As an ISP Scholar, Yasamin Khoshpour is appointed with the Illinois Board of Higher Education. She uses her data analysis expertise to look at program specific outcomes for graduate and professional studies within the state of Illinois. She also is supporting efforts in socio-emotional learning and racial healing for teachers throughout the state. Yasamin shared some thoughts with me about the ISP program, and her work so far.

Skye Lewis ISP Scholar and Tiffany HighTower Executive Director ILBC

As an ISP Scholar, Skye Lewis is appointed with the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus/Black Caucus Foundation. Her work is significant in looking at culturally responsive healthcare for underserved communities in Illinois and enhancing her own knowledge and expertise so that she is a better steward for Black and Brown communities. Skye shared some thoughts with me about the ISP program, and her work so far.

Why did you apply for the Illini Science Policy Program?

2022 ISP Scholar Shubhika Agarwal outside

As an ISP Scholar, Shubhika Agarwal is appointed with the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Office of Broadband. Her work is vital in identifying and evaluating the broadband needs of the communities of Illinois. Her skills are instrumental in data analytics and mapping, along with ensuring compliance for our communities. Shubhika shared some thoughts with me about the ISP program, and her work so far.

2022 Scholar Cohort

2021 came and went. At times, it felt like if you blinked, you have would miss it. At others, it seemed like time was standing still. Time was such a strange construct. So much of what was going on was navigating a new normal. And for many of us, a new understanding of expectations and how best to manage those expectations.

Season's Greeting from the EPECC team

It would be easy to look at 2020 and only focus on all the challenges that arose this past year – many unexpected, and as we have all come to learn - unprecedented. But here at the Extension and Public Engagement Connection Center (EPECC), we are all about making connections for what lies ahead, for taking on the challenges and adapting what we do for who we serve, in order to have the best possible outcomes.

Allison Wheeler in the field

Above photo: ISP Fellow Allison Wheeler in a soil pit taking VR photos for a STEAM digital curriculum.

ISP Fellow Allison Wheeler is working with the Department of Innovation and Technology Education Group to provide accessible resources in STEM/STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) for students, educators, and their families to close the digital divide. Visit www.illinois.gov/doit-steam  to learn more.

ISP Fellow Ruth Adekale

As an ISP Fellow Ruth Adekale works with Rep. Camille Lilly and the Illinois Black Caucus Foundation to look at the way public policies relate to health care issues and their impact on underserved Black communities in the Chicagoland area. Ruth's appointment is funded in part by PepisCo and the Office of Government Relations