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KELI CHRISTOPHER, Ph.D.

Updated: Mar 31


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You can be pitiful, or you can be powerful, but you can't be both. - Joyce Meyer

What does Women's History Month mean to you?


Women often have played a very significant support role in history. However, there has also always been strong female leadership. Unfortunately the role that women have played in history has largely been overlooked and intentionally disregarded by those writing the history books. Women's History month is an opportunity to amplify the voices of women in history and in our communities.


About Keli


Keli Christopher, Ph.D. is currently the Executive Director of the STEM Greenhouse, an organization she founded in 2014 to prepare vulnerable children for careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The STEM Greenhouse specializes in fun and hands-on STEM programs for students in kindergarten to 12th grades. The organization is currently providing science educational television programming for the Michigan Learning Channel.


Dr. Christopher was educated in Grand Rapids Public Schools. After graduating from North Carolina A&T State University, she pursued both masters and doctoral degrees in Agricultural Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She became the first black person to receive a Ph.D. in Agricultural Engineering from the University of Illinois and the third black woman in the world to receive a Ph.D. in Agricultural Engineering. Dr. Christopher has worked as an engineer for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Kent County Conservation District.


She has served as the National President of Alpha Epsilon Honor Society for Agricultural Engineers and was in the 2015 class of the Grand Rapids Business Journal’s 40 Under Forty. She currently serves on the boards of Grand Rapids Community Arts and the West Michigan Environmental Action Council.

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