Generating Engagement and New Initiatives for All Latinos (GENIAL): Informal Science Education Para Todos

September 1st, 2016 - August 31st, 2018 | PROJECT

With support from NSF/AISL, the Exploratorium held the Generating Engagement and New Initiatives for All Latinos (GENIAL) Summit on June 5-6, 2017, in San Francisco, California.
The goals of the GENIAL Summit were to:
- Identify needs and opportunities for Latinos in informal science learning (ISL) environments.
- Facilitate and strengthen professional relationships.
- Identify recommendations and actionable insights with an outlook toward the future.
- Contribute to a more informed ISL field.

A total of 91 participants, a mix of practitioners, community leaders, media specialists, government officials, policy professionals, and researchers from across the United States and Puerto Rico participated in the Summit.

Summit outcomes will include: strengthened partnerships and new collaborations; examples of how participants of the GENIAL summit are applying the results of the gathering in their practice; and dissemination sessions, webinars, and post-summit documentation and articles with the results of GENIAL.

Project Website(s)

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Project Products
Resources for Latino Audience Engagement in Informal Science Learning Environments
GENIAL: Executive Summary and Call to Action (English/Spanish)
GENIAL: Summary of the Summit Proceedings Report (English/Spanish)
GENIAL: Summit Proceedings Report
Latino Audiences: Embracing Complexity
Marketing, Communication, and Media
Community Collaboration and Empowerment
Relevant STEAM Experiences
Is it Hispanic, Chicano/Chicana, Latino/Latina, or Latinx?: Usage of Terms of Identity
GENIAL: The Summit Agenda
GENIAL: Summit Participants
GENIAL: Evaluator's Final Report

Team Members

Isabel Hawkins, Principal Investigator, Exploratorium
Veronica Garcia-Luis, Co-Principal Investigator, Exploratorium
Amy Oates, Project Staff, Exploratorium
Liliana Blanco, Project Staff, Exploratorium


Funding Source: NSF
Funding Program: AISL
Award Number: 1611143
Funding Amount: $249,895.00


Access and Inclusion: Ethnic | Racial | Hispanic | Latinx Communities
Audience: Administration | Leadership | Policymakers | Evaluators | Learning Researchers | Museum | ISE Professionals
Discipline: Education and learning science | General STEM
Resource Type: Project Descriptions
Environment Type: Conferences | Professional Development | Conferences | Networks