“I'd like to tell my peers who are older students, like me, that are pursuing their first degree...yeah, it feels impossible but if I can do it with all of my setbacks I know they can do it too. We all belong here and in other places of higher education and I hope everyone hangs in there, especially those struggling with school and the quarantine. Know you're not alone.”
This episode of Strength in the Midst of Change features Jenae Wright, who is pursuing an Environmental Studies degree as an undergraduate student in the PitE program at the College of Literature, Science & the Arts. Jenae is a 2020 recipient of the CEW+ AAUW: Mary Elizabeth Bittman Memorial Scholarship, recognizing women and underserved students whose studies have been interrupted to complete degrees in their chosen fields. Jenae shares her desire to make an impact in the community by educating the public about the importance of ecology and maintaining and protecting beautiful spaces in nature for generations to come.
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.