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As the first African American female to graduate with a bachelor of science in chemical engineering from Louisiana State University (LSU), Del H. Dugas continues to follow her passion not only in her professional life as the project development business planner with ExxonMobil Refining and Supply, but also in her personal life as a volunteer and mentor. She has been mentoring minority students and young professionals for 30 years, volunteering her time at K-12 schools, and coaching undergraduate engineering students on how to achieve success. Furthermore, she helped expand the ExxonMobil Scholars program at LSU by getting the company to invest more than $750,000 to date in the project, which provides scholarship funds and mentoring to minority students. In 2010, LSU named Dugas one of 10 recipients of the Chancellor’s Sesquicentennial Service Award, which recognizes outstanding LSU alumni. Chief Executive Officer of Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus Verna M. Fitzsimmons, PhD, takes a personal approach to engaging students on her campus. In an effort to be visible and available, she provides her personal phone number to those whom she is mentoring and is often seen eating lunch with students in the cafeteria, listening to them and using humor to foster a welcoming environment. In her 24 years in higher education, Fitzsimmons has worked with students in the Upward Bound Program.— a U.S. Department of Education initiative that provides opportunities for low- income and first-generation students to succeed in high school and, ultimately, in college.— by encouraging them to consider studying engineering. She has also held many national and international leadership roles and presented at national engineering conferences and events. "Science is fun! It is challenging and exciting and interesting. For those reasons alone, I encourage young people to consider careers in STEM. But more than that, STEM professions provide individuals an opportunity to explore and discover, while also developing a successful career working to improve lives. Underrepresented groups bring diversity of thought, experiences, and approaches that, together, lead to innovative solutions to the challenges of the present and future." Juliette B. Bell A scientist turned communicator, Mónica I. Feliú-Mójer, PhD, leverages online technologies to make science available to all. Specifically, her work focuses on empowering Latinos through bilingual science outreach, communication, and education efforts. As editor in chief of Ciencia Puerto Rico — a nonprofit organization that uses social networks to engage Latino scientists in mentoring, outreach, and education — she collaborates with stakeholders to develop and implement initiatives that promote interest in STEM among K-12 and college students. Feliú-Mójer is also the science outreach program manager for the nonprofit iBiology, which produces and distributes free online videos about research and the scientific process, featuring the world’s leading biologists. At the Yale Ciencia Academy, a National Institutes of Health-funded training program, she serves as program coordinator, helping provide U.S. doctoral students with mentoring, networking, and peer support to complement their research training. For her work, she has received numerous awards and recognitions, including the COPUS Paul Shin Memorial Award for her efforts to increase public understanding of science among Hispanic audiences. insightintodiversity.com 49