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WISE RP Around the Country

Alternative Spring Break: St. Louis, MO

Emma Schmidt

Major: Public Health

Alternative Spring Breaks (ASB) are offered through outside programs on campus. This trip involves spending Spring Break volunteering locally, around the country, or even out of the country. This past year, current Junior Emma Schmidt traveled to St. Louis, MO to volunteer with Doorways. "Doorways is a non-profit organization that provides housing for people that were homeless and are HIV positive. While there, we painted the housing residency, reorganized and redid a community learning center for children, and also assisted in the opening of the first on side nursing clinic in the family housing unit." 

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics: Washington D.C.

Megan Ennis

Major: Aerospace Engineering

WISE RP women are active women in their fields of study. Here is Megan on her trip to D.C. on behalf of AIAA chapter at the University of Michigan. "For three days I went to Washington DC and advocated for aerospace policies. I shared what it was like to be a woman in aerospace engineering and explained how important it is to hire a diverse workforce. Talent isn’t concentrated to one type of person, it’s evenly distributed between everyone. If we only look for one type of person, we’re at a disadvantage because we lose the opportunity to experience a wide range of strengths."