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GeoMentor Spotlight

Each month we feature a GeoMentor volunteer, learning more about them and the wonderful and enthusiastic talent available in our GeoMentor community to assist K-12 schools with GIS and geography applications for their classrooms. Read about our currently featured member of the community or check out previously featured GeoMentors by using the navigation links on the right. If you are interested in being featured, go here for more information.  We are excited to learn more about our GeoMentor community members!

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July 2019 GeoMentor Spotlight:

Frank Romo; Emergency Services - Detroit, Michigan

Position: Public Safety Data Manager - 911 & Emergency Services Technician

What was your favorite class in K-12? My favorite classes in school were history and geography. I really enjoyed learning how maps and diagrams were used for reconnaissance during war times to give armies the upper hand on the battlefield.

How did you first learn about and/or use GIS? I first learned GIS while studying at Columbia University. One of my first major projects was using GPS units for data collection and crowdsourcing information immediately after Hurricane Sandy. This was a transformative experience for me because it taught me how GIS can be used during times of crises to solve real-time problems for people in affected regions.

Name one thing you love about GIS and/or geography (I know, just one!): The best thing about GIS is its ability to empower residents and promote social justice in local communities. In the past, I have used GIS to address issues of inequality in cities surrounding topics like pollution, toxic hazards, racial segregation, food insecurity and public safety. GIS can be used for social good and help people fight to improve the health and well-being of their communities.

Why did you want to volunteer as a GeoMentor? I chose to become a GeoMentor because I enjoy teaching people about the power of GIS. I have taught as a GIS instructor for over five years now and find it very rewarding when I can empower students to use GIS. I chose to become a GeoMentor because I want to embrace the opportunity to teach, pass on my knowledge and share my skillset with the next generation of GIS leaders.

What kind of GeoMentor volunteer opportunity and experience are you looking for? I am looking forward to being a leader as a GeoMentor. At this point, I am open to any opportunity to be a mentor, educator and leader in the GIS field. I am currently working on a variety of projects that use GIS to address issues of social inequity. One thing that I would be very interested in is putting on a workshop or small seminar discussing how GIS can be used for social good. I would love to be able to speak to students about how they can leverage GIS in their own communities to address issues they are passionate about and teach them the basic tools necessary to perform these analyses.

If someone asked you why they should learn about GIS and/or geography, how would you respond in one sentence? GIS is a fun and useful tool that can be used to positively impact the world around you!

Email address: contact@romogis.com
Website(s):LinkedIn; Professional website; Murals in Detroit Web App; Urban Informatics Web App

Twitter: @romo_GIS 

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