Karlisa Callwood, Public Programs Manager at Miami Science Museum, was recently awarded an ASTC (Association of Science-Technology Centers) Diversity and Leadership Development Fellowship. The intent of the Fellowship program is to provide professional development experiences, a peer network, and opportunities to acquire and hone leadership skills that leverage the unique worldview and experiences Fellows bring to their work.
Karlisa first joined MiaSci in 2003 as a mentor for the Youth Programs’ IMPACT (Integrated Marine Program and College Training) program. She has also served as Youth Programs Coordinator, where she managed the Upward Bound Math/Science Program, the BioTRAC (Biomedical Training Research and College prep) program, and the Museum Magnet Program. Now, as the current Public Programs Manager, Karlisa’s role is to make sure visits are both enjoyable and educational. She organizes all group visits, develops additional hands-on activities and demonstrations, led by explainers, that encourage visitors to get involved with science and learn more about the exhibits. She also develops and supervises in-depth programs, such as summer camp.
Karlisa says of her ASTC Fellowship: “This is an exciting opportunity as I look forward to networking with other science museum professionals with similar backgrounds, who also understand the challenges faced by being a minority in this field, including developing an additional support system within this group. I also hope that by becoming an ASTC Fellow, I can learn additional strategies to better engage and encourage minorities in my own community, both children and adults alike, to develop an appreciation for science centers, so they can feel that these cultural institutions can be of value in their lives as well.”
For more information about ASTC, visit: http://www.astc.org