I am involved with GRAD-MAP (Graduate Resources Advancing Diversity with Maryland Astronomy and Physics), which pairs undergraduates from historically black colleges and universities, minority serving institutions, and community colleges primarily from the mid-Atlantic region with a mentor in either the UMD astronomy or physics departments. During the winter break, these students attend a ten-day Winter Workshop, where they learn Python, work on a research project, and learn information and resources to help them apply for graduate school. I have developed a student project, served as a research mentor, and also assisted with some of the professional development during the Winter Workshop.
Growing up in South Carolina, I thought all scientists wore labcoats and I did not meet one until I went to college. This is just one reason why I believe volunteering with Skype a Scientist, which connects scientists to classrooms around the world, to be so important. I have been volunteering as a scientist since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic talking to classrooms about asteroids, planetary defense, and what it is like to be an astronomer.