Miranda Standberry-Wallace is Academic and Community Service Learning Program Coordinator. Primarily focusing in STEM disciplines, her work involves fostering strategic partnership connections with community organizations. As ann educator and experienced program/project leader, Miranda is an innovative development specialist, who focuses on the betterment of people, businesses and communities, through strategic collaborative connections, research, education, process analysis and tech-based design. Her advocacy work is vast and most recently includes being an elected board member for Chicago nonprofits that combat poverty, illiteracy and violence. Prior to joining the Center, Miranda served as the diversity programs and project lead for DePaul where she was successful at identifying and developing effective solutions and programming to meet the needs of the diverse university community. Miranda is also an adjunct faculty member in the College of Computing and Digital Media and the primary focus of research and teaching is on leadership, community-based education, business/entrepreneurship, diversity and technology (including design, human-computer interaction, information systems and information technology). Recognized as a community leader, national presenter and scholar, she received several awards including the 2015 St. Louise de Marillac Women of Spirit & Action Award, Scholar of Excellence Award for her research, and most recently, nomination for the Diversity Champion Award at the Excellence in Diversity Awards 2016. Miranda holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with a focus on Social Entrepreneurship and a Master of Science joint degree in Business and Information Technology (MSBIT). Prior to her career in higher education, she held executive director and management positions with several for-profit and nonprofit organizations. She also served on the Institutional Ethical Review Board to conduct risk-benefit analysis of research projects at Columbia College of Chicago. Miranda is a native Chicagoan, and although admittedly not a sports guru, is an all-around Chicago sports fan who believes that you don't have to understand all the game rules in order to root for your home team. When not working, she enjoys spending time with her family, volunteering and shopping.