Guilliam, a certified community health worker, is part of a new UH initiative to train public housing community residents to lead students in project-based STEM challenges. The curriculum for the habitation program was developed by the Honors College and the College of Education’s STEM Teaching Equity Project.
“I’ve learned a lot working with the children. We are exploring together. We don’t have all the answers, but we will find them,” said Guilliam.
Ultimately, the program seeks expand and create a national corps of community-embedded STEM educators through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s STEM Innovation Network.
“The idea is to teach children who live in public housing how to become problem solvers in areas of science, technology, engineering and math, a skill that can extend to all areas of their lives,” said Dan Price, a UH Honors College faculty member who is working with Guilliam and her students.