The mission of the STEM Community Alliance Program is to provide pathways that broaden understanding and exchange between Youth-In-Custody and STEM communities. We aim to help students self-identify as science-capable learners and encourage them to contribute to science, nature protection, and the STEM workforce. By forging connections between Youth-In-Custody, scientists, educators, and artists, we hope to expand the scope of these contributions by highlighting the role that art and the humanities can play in protecting nature, providing science information to the public, and inspiring others to act.
Meet Our Team
Dr. Nalini Nadkarni
Senior Academic Advisor
CEP is currently supported by grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and Laughing Gull Foundation. In total, Dr. Eisen helped raise more than a million dollars for the program. Dr. Eisen is excited to bring his passion for working with incarcerated learners to the University of Utah.
In 2019, she began working in domestic and sexual violence prevention and response - accompanying many incarcerated and underserviced populations as they collected their rape kits, learning about the cyclical patterns of incarceration and abuse. She helped lead a support group for domestic violence survivors, and also worked to connect both survivors and offenders to critical therapeutic and restorative services.
She now serves as the Program Coordinator for STEMCAP, helping youth in custody gain access to educators and helping to pave career pathways. She strives to elevate community understanding of the carceral system and the ways that communities can lift one another up.
Conservation Project Coordinator
Megan Young, Program Coordinator
Amanda Carriero, Program Coordinator
Natalie Toth, Program Manager
Matt Whitaker, Co-Program Manager
Celeste Henrickson, Co-Project Coordinator
Allison Anholt, Program Manager
Skye Willard, Program Coordinator
Jack Hendershot, Student Intern
Cynthia Cheketts, Student Intern
Kelsey Barnick, Student Intern
Sarah Welker, Student Intern
Ananya Roy, Student Intern
Yuqi Chen, Student Intern
Allison Jacobsen, Student Intern
Kiana Luu, Student Intern
Emily Johnston, Student Intern
Linda Zhao, Student Intern
Monica Andersen, Student Intern