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Manchester student is Mouse intern for STEM program in New York

Chris FrancoisManchester University student Chris Francois, of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, is among a select group of students across the nation accepted into the Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty internship program.

The students are placed in an immersive internship to help strengthen impoverished areas or populations, mainly through education, health care, legal services, housing, social and economic needs, and community-building efforts.

Francois, who will be a senior this fall and is  majoring in peace studies, with a minor in French, has spent the summer as an assistant at Mouse in New York City. Mouse is a nonprofit group that fosters diversity in computer science and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs for young people and educators. 

While in the internship, Francois assisted the Mouse staff in coordinating the STEM Summer in the City program with the New York City Department of Education. Mouse provides curriculum, training and support.

Francois spent up to four days a week at high school sites, assisting teachers with program instruction to students.

Manchester’s involvement in the consortium holds a direct connection to its mission: Manchester University respects the infinite worth of every individual and graduates persons of ability and conviction who draw upon their education and faith to lead principled, productive, and compassionate lives that improve the human condition.

In 2015, Francois co-founded the Delice Dental Health Initiative, an organization that offers expanded access to quality dental care in underserved communities in Haiti.

About Manchester University

Manchester University, with campuses in North Manchester and Fort Wayne, Ind., offers more than 70 areas of academic study to more than 1,400 students in undergraduate programs,a Master of Accountancy, a Master of Science in pharmacogenomics, a Master of Athletic Training a four-year professional Doctor of Pharmacy degree and a four-year dual degree in pharmacy and pharmacogenomics. Learn more about the private, northern Indiana school at www.manchester.edu . 

Press release prepared with assistance by Strategic Communications student worker Cici Vanderwall.

July 2019