Rodolfo Dirzo conducts a series of outreach and education, and voluntary service programs centered on the teaching of science (particularly ecology), engaging students from underserved communities located in the Bay Area. In these programs, students are invited to visit several laboratories (embryology, geology, earthquakes), as well as the Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve and the California Academy of Sciences.
Stanford University and Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve are working together with the Redwood Environmental Academy of Leadership (REAL) to educate high school students about ecology. Rodolfo serves as a mentor and instructor in this program. Stanford undergraduates (members of SEEDS) also serve as mentors to the high school students.
REAL program participants at Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve
In the summer of 2016, Rodolfo will be working with secondary and community college STEM and social science educators as part of a professional development program. The science educators will travel to Veracruz, Mexico, where they will have the opportunity to engage in ecology, sustainability, and conservation science research at the Los Tuxtlas Tropical Biology Station, and expand their skill set as educators.
In 2014, Rodolfo hosted the pilot program STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) for Latina girls at CLAS. The program is coordinated by the Mexican Consulate of San Jose, and aims to introduce young Latina girls from low-income families to the potential to work in STEM areas.
Video of STEM for Latina girls graduation (in Spanish)