Candidate for PhD, and Instructor, University of Minnesota
Jesse Lewis is a doctoral student in the Organizational Leadership, Policy & Development department at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities focusing on Black, Indigenous, and Students of Color that want to go into the sciences. Jesse has a master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Minnesota and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Slippery Rock University. Prior to arriving in Minnesota, Jesse conducted research related to the diagnosis and treatment of Traumatic Brain Injury. Jesse is passionate about creating equitable learning environments by engaging in various types of learning that can support underrepresented college students as aspiring scientists and future leaders. Currently, Jesse supports undergraduates as an Integrated Learning Instructor of Introductory Chemistry in TRIO Student Support Services. In his role as an instructor, he works with students to connect chemistry concepts with issues that students are likely to experience within their lives. He also co-leads an initiative called #ThriveOLPD at the University of Minnesota which is dedicated to supporting the positive mental health of students through community building. Jesse also has a role as co-facilitator in the Black African American & African Meeting space at the University of Minnesota. There he works to facilitate discussion among students about various topics related to their experiences at the university and within the broader community. Jesse aims to build stronger and equitable connections between communities and scientific research partners to address more community-related issues and provide culturally relevant science education for college-age students.