21ST Century Scientists Working Group

April 7th 2016

Meet Our Speakers: Dr. Jerrod Henderson and Ricky Greer

Presentation Title: Programs that engage underrepresented K-12 students in STEM

Dr. Jerrod Henderson

Dr. Jerrod Henderson is Lecturer in Chemical Engineering at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Henderson co-founded the St. Elmo Brady STEM Academy.

In this presentation we highlight our experience developing programs aimed at exposing underrepresented k-12 students to STEM. We will describe the components of an innovative intervention strategy, St. Elmo Brady STEM Academy. We will also discuss the success this program has had providing STEM faculty with opportunities to engage in outreach. We plan to discuss the impact programs have had on youth and their families.


Ricky Greer

Ricky Greer graduated from Tuskegee University in 2010 with a bachelor’s in History. He is currently the k-12 outreach coordinator in the Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Illinois. He enjoys mentoring the youth of Champaign-Urbana.  As a mentor, he teaches academic awareness, academic excellence and the development of leadership skills. He is a devoted volunteer in the community, volunteering for organizations such as Empty tomb, Champaign Park District and countless homeless centers. Mr. Greer is also the president of the A&O Development Corporation a faith based non-for-profit organization whose mission is to provide supportive services, educational programs, and workforce preparation to low income individuals and families in the Champaign-Urbana area. Ricky believes that anything is possible if you have faith and work hard to obtain your dreams. He believes that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  said it best, “The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.”

Read more about our 21st Century Scientists Workshop speakers here:

Dr. Danielle Lee

Danielle Ruffatto

Diana Yates

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