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MSU Museum Educational Programs Fund

As we continue to face a public health crisis and social upheaval that challenges us all to think and act differently, it’s clear the world needs independent thinkers and people capable of empathy, engagement, and innovation.

Founded in 2018, MSU’s Science Gallery works with young adults to ignite creativity and discovery at the intersections of science, technology, art, and design. The team produces annual exhibitions, often through the lens of social justice, on global challenges like modern surveillance and climate change.

“Mediators” are the key to Science Gallery success. They are paid undergraduate students that facilitate dialogue around the content and themes of Science Gallery exhibitions. In the 2021 exhibition Tracked & Traced, for example, Mediators used exhibits, like ten Wi-Fi routers that danced when connected with visitors’ cell phones, as a platform for reflection on the ethics of being watched.

Help undergrads build the communication skills and empathy needed to thrive in the knowledge economy.

A recent study in the “Journal of Science Communication” reported that being a Mediator leads to:

  • Improved self-confidence,
  • Increased civic engagement,
  • Greater interest in social justice, and
  • Improved emotional empathy.

The Mediators Program relies 100% on donors to provide student employees a living wage while they gain invaluable professional and personal experience. Every dollar donated to the program helps us hire a diverse group of 15 to 20 mediators each year that mirror the diversity of our community.

128 Funded

$2,500 Goal

3,220 Amount raised

22 Gifts received

Challenge Money Awarded

  • Goal Reached
    $1,000.00

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