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Christine Agpasa

“I believe giving back can be monumental to someone’s life just as it was for me. If it weren’t for the mentors and my experience at Women in Science in Engineering Summer Program at University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), I don’t think I would have ever considered engineering to the extent I did during high school. Seeing women succeed in a field that I only ever pictured men in was truly eye-opening for me. After that summer, I learned the applications of science through engineering was pretty cool and I could confidently say, ‘I want to learn more about this field.’”

This episode of Strength in the Midst of Change features Christine Agpasa, an undergraduate student in the College of Engineering. Christine is a 2020 recipient of the Irma M. Wyman CEW+ scholarship, recognizing outstanding women and underserved students in engineering, computer science, and related fields. Christine shares her insights on why it’s crucial that women pursue careers in STEM, especially engineering. Make sure to listen to the end to hear her hopes and advice for the upcoming year, especially for incoming freshmen that she mentors.

Resiliency is best demonstrated in times of challenges. Join CEW+ Director Tiffany Marra as she talks to students, staff, faculty, and community members connected to the University of Michigan’s Center for the Education of Women+ (CEW+) in our podcast, Strength in the Midst of Change. Through this podcast, CEW+ seeks to create a safe place where you will be inspired by the stories of everyday people. Originally created to document the challenges resulting from COVID-19, CEW+ has expanded the podcast to include stories of combating racism through individual and organizational action. This podcast will continue to evolve as societal challenges shift over time.

You can download and subscribe to Strength in the Midst of Change from — Apple Podcasts and SoundCloud. Subscribe, listen, and enjoy!

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