Associate Dean Joi Spencer Recognized for STEM Efforts

Associate Dean Joi Spencer Recognized for STEM Efforts

Associate Dean and Professor Joi Spencer of the School of Leadership and Education Sciences was recognized on the International Day of Women and Girls in Science by the Elementary Institute of Science for her work in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering Mathematics) field.

The recognition highlights women who are changing the world of STEM and carving paths for future generations of women.

Spencer is part of a USD team — along with colleagues Perla Myers, a professor of mathematics and Odesma Dalrymple, an associate professor of industrial and systems engineering — that puts on STEM camps for San Diego students throughout the year, making STEM both challenging and fun.

Her work researches how young students learn and creates paths to help students succeed in mathematics. Part of the motivation for Spencer's research has been personal experience.

“I saw how black students were often discriminated against and often were not placed in the mathematics courses that would help them move on to college. That inspired me to want to change things,” she said.

She travels all over the world, advocating for young people to have better educational opportunities. 

— Victoria Holmes '20

Video by Lissette Martinez 

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