About

STEM Greenhouse

Our Mission

Grow STEM proficiency in vulnerable children to cultivate education and career success

Our Vision

A diverse, globally competitive STEM community through equity in K-12 STEM education

LIVING OUR MISSION

We know that our children have their best chance to succeed if they have a solid STEM foundation. Faced daily with overwhelming need, we at STEM Greenhouse choose to take action and an make impact.

After-school STEM Programming

STEM Scholars, an after-school program making a difference.

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5-Week STEM Summer Academy

Sankofa STEM Academy, a fun summer learning opportunity.

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Join us in the fight for equity in education.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Are at Our Core

We believe in a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace where all employees, board members, volunteers, no matter their gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, sexual orientation or identity, education, or disability are valued and respected.

 

We are Committed

to a nondiscriminatory approach and provide equal opportunities for employment and advancement in all departments, programs, and worksites.

We Recognize and Value

diverse life experiences and heritages, and work to ensure that all voices are respected and heard.

We are Committed

to modeling Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for the students we serve and maintaining an inclusive environment with equitable treatment for all.

STEM Greenhouse Values

Along with diversity, equity, and inclusion, STEM Greenhouse believes in

Community Involvement

Access

Innovation

STEM Proficiency

Ambition

the stem greenhouse Village

There is a familiar African proverb that it takes a village to raise a child.
We are honored you choose to be part of our village.

OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM

At STEM Greenhouse, we believe in representation. It is important that our commitment to diversity and inclusion is visible all the way up to our leadership team. And, we are so appreciative of these wise, passionate, and dedicated individuals who support our mission.

DR. KELI CHRISTOPHER

STEM Greenhouse

Founder and Executive Director

Leader, educator, and changemaker committed to making it easier for students of color to succeed in STEM education, pursue STEM careers, and feel supported in a way that had been absent for her growing up.

She holds a fervent belief that building positive relationships and connections are as important as the curriculum in urban K-12 education.

“One person can change generations by influencing the life of a child.”

Awards

Grand Rapids Symphony, Dr. Malinda Sapp Legacy Award (2021)

Betty Van Andel Teacher of Excellence (2020)

West Michigan Women's Magazine, Brilliance Award in the Social Change Agent category (2020)

Grand Rapids Business Journal's 40 Business Leaders Under 40 (2015)

Milo Brown Business Giants Award (2015)

Cordell Zachery

Hailing from the Motor-City, Cordell is a young professional of color passionate about community engagement and connecting with others. Cordell moved to the west side of the state to obtain his degree in Advertising and Public relations at GVSU. As a Diversity Recruitment Specialist, he is tasked with building programs that increase POC representation at Steelcase.

Cordell Zachery

Diversity Recruitment Specialist, Steelcase

Cynthia Robinson

A lifelong learner, Cynthia achieved a B.S. in Math and a M.S. in Business Management. She is passionate about empowering young students with tools to engage in STEM careers in order to enrich their growth and communities.

Cynthia Robinson

Technology Manager, Kent County

Roberta Lathrop

Roberta is an Interior Designer and owner of Designs by Roberta/Iridescence Inc. She specializes in shades and blinds from Hunter Douglas and working with Baby Boomers and Seniors as they downsize. She loves helping people make decisions about how to make their home the best for them.

Roberta Lathrop

Owner, Designs by Roberta, Iridescence Inc.

Bradley Taylor

Bradley Taylor is a Grand Rapids native, Entrepreneur, and software executive. In 2004, Bradley founded Next Generation Enrollment, a leading provider of benefits administration technology services which was acquired by PlanSource in 2017. He's very is focused on breaking down barriers of entry into technology and other such fields for POC.

Bradley Taylor

Executive Vice President Strategic Partnerships at PlanSource

Addressing Diversity in STEM

Formed in 2014 by Dr. Keli Christopher, STEM Greenhouse aims to address the lack of diversity within the STEM professions. As a girl in an inner-city school—who lacked confidence in math—she never imagined that she would become the first Black person to get a Ph.D. in Agricultural Engineering from the University of Illinois and the third black woman in the world to hold a Ph.D. in that field.

The future of STEM depends on strong youth education

After working as an engineer and educator, Dr. Christopher started a science and math education business focused on fun, hands-on science and math experiences for K–12 students. Working with students throughout the greater Grand Rapids area gave her further insight to the inequality in STEM education among various districts, races, genders, and socioeconomic classes.

Support STEM Greenhouse

One of the best ways you can support our mission is by making a regular monthly contribution.