Congratulations to the Inaugural Class of SoReMo Fellows

The following four students have been selected for the Spring 2021 SoReMo Fellowships:

• Ryan Ciminski, Community Risk Mitigation Research: A Data Science Study into the Inequities of Preparedness Education in the Chicago Region;
• Barien Gad, Facilities, amenities, and accommodations for gender minorities in STEM and the impact on Illinois Tech’s community (in conjunction with WISTEM);
• Alisha Khan, Investigating and developing strategies to address faculty and student diversity at Illinois Tech (in conjunction with WISTEM);
• Leilasadat Mirghaderi, Social Media Users Free Labor in Iran: Influencers, ethical conduct and labor exploitation.

The SoReMo (Socially Responsible Modeling, Computation, and Design) initiative’s mission is to empower students to enact the positive societal change they are passionate about within Illinois Tech, Chicago, and beyond. The Fellows will work with faculty and advisors, in a multidisciplinary environment, to complete and elevate their projects. They will incorporate feedback from community stakeholders and subject matter experts from industry, academia, and government. During the process, Fellows will gain communications training, interdisciplinary experience, and contacts across campus and the community.

Major discussions will take place in the Forum, a public bimonthly seminar for presenting issues, challenges, solutions, roadblocks, innovative ideas, that come out of projects to a broad, multidisciplinary audience of students, faculty, and external advisors. Student participation in the Forum will not only help further, round, and expand their projects, but is designed to also expand their academic and professional networks.

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