Black Student Union Hosts Live Virtual Discussion with Dr. Dan Cherry of NASA’s Johnson Space Center

By Dr. Caryn Long, Director of Educational Technology and Innovation

On Tuesday, February 14, students of the Black Student Union invited those interested to participate in a discussion with Dr. Gamaliel (Dan) Cherry of NASA’s Johnson Space Center. Dr. Cherry is the Director of STEM Engagement at Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. His areas of expertise are STEM Education, Instructional Design, Organization Development, Training, and Executive Coaching. His experience ranges widely from serving on Agency teams that range from organizing large multi-center groups to exploring the future of work that continues to shape how the Agency accomplishes its missions.

Dr. Cherry shared a presentation to the students via Teams about the contributions that the diversity of the NASA workforce has played in the successes of the agency and encouraged the students to apply for internships while they are in school. His own experiences with NASA started as an intern with the agency.

The celebration of Black History Month continues on Thursday, February 16, with another connection from Johnson Space Center and Dr. Elicia (Dynae) Fullwood – where she is the Integration Manager for the Office of STEM Engagement, the organization responsible for STEM education and outreach in support of NASA’s missions. Students are welcome to join us in the Upper School (Mackenzie Hall) in room 22 during club time for the presentation.