BROWNING – Role models from the University of Montana’s We Are Montana in the Classroom program will travel to Browning on Thursday, Jan. 25, to share UM’s research and educational opportunities with K-12 students.
Rosalyn LaPier (Environmental Studies), Marilyn Marler (Division of Biological Sciences) and Shane Sangrey (Native American Center of Excellence, Skaggs School of Pharmacy) will share hands-on, minds-on activities designed to inspire students of all ages about higher education and career pathways.
LaPier, an award-winning indigenous writer and ethnobotanist, and Marler, UM’s natural areas specialist, co-teach UM’s Native Plant Stewardship and Ethnobotany Supervised Internship and will collaboratively lead ethnobotany activities with students. Sangrey is a student resource adviser with NACOE and will lead health-science activities.
The three role models will visit high-school science classes in the afternoon and host activity tables at Browning High School’s Science Night from 5 to 7 p.m. Hosted by the BHS Science Club, the evening event is free and open to the community.
We Are Montana in the Classroom, a program of the UM Broader Impacts Group (BIG), engages UM faculty members, graduate students and professionals with Montana K-12 students, with the goal of closing opportunity gaps and inspiring the next generation about higher education and career pathways.
BIG takes a community-based, co-creative approach to engaging with rural and tribal communities across Montana, with deep collective-impact initiatives in Missoula, the Bitterroot Valley and on the Flathead Reservation. Its programs, including spectrUM Discovery Area and We Are Montana in the Classroom, have reached K-12 students in three-quarters of Montana’s counties and on all seven of the state’s American Indian reservations.
“We’re delighted to be returning for our third year to Browning’s Science Night, which is always a fun, lively community event and a great way to connect with students and their families about the many opportunities at UM to study, do research and launch into a fulfilling career,” said Nathalie Wolfram, BIG associate director.
To book a free visit with a UM role model for your classroom, after-school program or community event, call Wolfram at 406-243-4828 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.