There are three major initiatives of CIM2AS. First, we will build a new science curriculum that explores the monarch and milkweed system from many different perspectives. High school teachers, 2-year college instructors, and UIC faculty will work collaboratively to integrate the theme into their courses through new learning activities, laboratory exercises or other content.
Second, we will develop dialogues to promote synergies between cultural and scientific knowledge that provide opportunities for students to explore their identities as Latinx scientists.
Third, we will provide an intensive summer research experience that gives students an opportunity to investigate monarch conservation strategies through field experiments and habitat monitoring in the Chicago area.