With AAAS Fellowship, ASRC’s Camille Santistevan Plans to Foster GC Science Community

When the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) convened its newest group of Community Engagement Fellows in January, Camille Santistevan, associate director of public relations at The Graduate Center’s Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC), was among the 23 professionals participating in the year-long program.
The AAAS program aims to create a shared base of knowledge for and raise the profile of the scientific community engagement field — a profession that is gaining traction among science institutions, but which is still in the early stages of defining itself. The key task for individuals working in the field, however, is facilitating communication and building communities that help scientists within their organizations work together more effectively. Santistevan has been doing this work at the ASRC in various capacities since the flagship scientific research and education center opened nearly five years ago.
“On any given day, I’m assisting our science initiative directors with internal programs meant to foster interdisciplinary research and team building; helping with external outreach that facilitates scientific partnerships across the CUNY-verse and beyond; or engaging our faculty, postdocs and Ph.D. students to be volunteer science educators at the IlluminationSpace — the ASRC’s open-to-the-public science education center,” said Santistevan. “The AAAS Community Engagement Fellowship will allow me to learn and ideate with other professionals in the field, and it will help me develop a novel community engagement strategy that will serve the ASRC and potentially the broader GC Sciences.”
Prior to joining the ASRC, Santistevan was the education and outreach manager for the CUNY Center for Advanced Technology. She received her M.S. in social work and B.A. in political science. “My happy place has always been a college campus,” she said. It’s a place where ideas roam freely, and that evokes for me a sense of hope and wonder. It’s why I’ve always sought to create opportunities for people to connect in the academic space.”

Submitted on: JAN 16, 2019

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