Shihadah “Shay” Saleem, a 2001 alumna with a bachelor’s degree in geology, will present the Sept. 30 talk in the Environmental Studies Speakers Series at Alfred University. Her topic is “A girl in the room: A peek into girls and women in STEM” (Science, technology, engineering or mathematics). The lecture is scheduled for 12:20 p.m. in Room 247 of the Science Center, and is open to the public, free of charge.
Saleem is senior museum educator and coordinator of the GOALS (Greater Opportunities Advancing Leadership and Science) for Girls at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York City.
Following graduation from Alfred University, Saleem earned a master’s degree in geomorphology from the University of South Florida. While working on her graduate degree, she participated as a two-time winner of the National Science Foundation’s GK-12 OCEANS program as a graduate fellow, where she team-taught sixth, seventh, third and fourth grade students.
She also facilitated a number of professional development programs for K-12 teachers and administrators, and worked as a mentor with the Oceanography Camp for Girls through the College of Marine Science.
Currently, she continues to provide girls, teachers and communities with innovative, applicable and engaging STEM programs at the Intrepid Museum, complete with free Saturday programs, youth and community development and summer programs.