|The Institute for Broadening Participation, a nonprofit organization to help increase minority access to science, technology, engineering and mathematics education and careers, has opened a regional office at The University of Texas at Arlington.
Ashanti Johnson, executive director of the Maine-based institute, will office in the College of Science about 40 percent of her time.
"I'm looking forward to working here and with The University of Texas at Arlington," said Johnson, who graduated from Dallas' School for the Talented and Gifted before going to Texas A&M University-Galveston. "I believe the move will help extend the institute's reach in the western part of the country."
Johnson earned her doctorate in oceanography from Texas A&M University and her bachelor's degree in marine science from Texas A&M University-Galveston. She was the first African-American student body president at TAMU-Galveston. She also is one of the first female African-American chemical oceanographers in the country, and the first African-American to earn a doctoral degree in oceanography from TAMU.
"I remember working as a volunteer at the Dallas Aquarium like it was yesterday," Johnson said. "That's when I decided I wanted a career in science or something like that. That's why I have such a passion for getting underrepresented groups involved in the STEM fields."
In addition to her institute duties, Johnson also will be a faculty research