From the field: Outreach for diversity

>Today’s post was written by Lt. j.g. Jerrold Federer from Marine Safety Unit Chicago. His story illustrates the importance of outreach in the community as a way to increase the public’s awareness of the educational benefits afforded through service in the Coast Guard, which ultimately helps the service increase its diversity.

Here’s Lt. j.g. Federer’s story:

“Marine Safety Unit Chicago partnered with Recruiting Office Chicago and Janice Jones of Auxiliary Flotilla 10-11 to participate in the 35th Annual Chemical Industry Council of Illinois (CICI) Career Conference. This conference targets Junior High and Senior High School students interested in pursuing math and science studies at higher level institutions. This year over 800 schools throughout the State of Illinois were invited and approximately 2,400 students and teachers attended the conference.

(Left: Marine Science Technician Third Class Salvatore Loggia of MSU Chicago explains how oil is sampled to a group of Illinois students at the 35th annual Chemical Industry Council of Illinois Career Conference Oct. 23. Photo courtesy MSU Chicago)

Coast Guard active duty members explained the service’s missions and particularly the Coast Guard’s role in environmental stewardship using static displays and interactive props such as an MSD900 suit, oil spill sample kit and sampler rod, a ‘pollution city’ diorama, brochures and Coast Guard videos.

Based upon the strong interest and positive response by students and teachers alike, MSU Chicago plans to canvass other operational commands and recruit their talents and participation to help tell the broader story of Coast Guard operations and the importance math and science play in our mission-sets.

(Right: Illinois high school students speak with MSU Chicago and Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 10-11 representatives about the benefits and opportunities afforded by service in the COast Guard during the 35th annual Chemical Industry Council of Illinois Career Conference Oct. 23. Photo courtesy MSU Chicago.)

This effort helped raise much-needed awareness about Coast Guard roles and missions and provided a great opportunity to reach a broad, diverse group of future leaders, mathematicians and scientists, and we look forward to participating and having other operational units participate in next year’s event.”

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