UROP Fellowship: DCERP
Research Mentor(s): Theodore Jones, Program Manager
Research Mentor Institution/Department: Detroit Public Schools Community District – Office of the Superintendent
Presentation Date: Thursday, July 29th
Session: 5:30 – 7:00pm
Breakout Room: DCERP Showcase
Hello, my name is Monica Khalique (pronouns she/her). I’m a rising sophomore majoring in Aerospace Engineering on the astronautics track.
This summer I had the opportunity to work with the Detroit Public Schools Community District, which aims to educate and empower every student, in every community, every day, to build a stronger Detroit.
My project involved working to modernize the District’s policies. I was tasked with making sure each policy appropriately reflected the District’s values, was inclusive of all peoples, and decided if any updates should be made. It was definitely a rigorous task, but one I learned plenty from. I learned how policies are made, who they affect, and how they affect the community at hand. Although we were virtual this year, I know the policy work I’ve done directly impacts the students of Detroit–whom I once was. I also recognize the importance of my work, as it ensures the youth of Detroit receive an equitable education.
Alongside this, I was granted the amazing opportunity to connect with other passionate students in DCERP. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed our conversations, and it was an honor to be a part of a cohort who shares the same interest as me–and that is, breaking the barriers in Detroit. Thank you all!