An accomplished scholar and educator, Dr. Dandrielle Lewis is passionate about creating opportunities for girls, women and minorities to participate in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) field. The assistant professor of mathematics regularly involves women and minorities in her research, and serves as a mentor and trusted adviser to many students. A member of campus community since 2011, Dr. Lewis serves on the advisory board of the UW System Women and Science Program, which strives to attract and retain more women and minority students in STEM. She also serves as co-facilitator of an intercultural immersion program — “Embracing the Somali Immigrant Experience in Midwestern Public Schools” — that increases Blugolds’ awareness and understanding on how race, background knowledge and experiences, culture, religion and gender impact school environments. She’s an active scholar in the field of mathematics, and has given presentations on her research locally and nationally. Her work on behalf of women and minorities has earned her honors, including the UW-Eau Claire Multicultural Affairs Office Distinguished Service Award, and the UW System Outstanding Women of Color in Education Award. While Dr. Lewis spends her days teaching college students, her influence and her impact reaches well beyond the boundaries of the campus. Since 2013, she has directed the Sonia Kovalevsky Math Days for high school and middle school girls, a program that encourages girls to pursue higher education and careers in STEM. One of the goals of Sonia Kovalevsky Math Days is to help girls connect with mentors such as Dr. Lewis, relationships that will help the young women as they transition from high school to college. Through her many accomplishments as a mathematician and her work to bring more girls, women and monitories into the STEM fields, Dr. Dandrielle Lewis is a mathematician AND a mentor … and that’s pretty powerful!
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