Janel Hull
Year
2019
Chapter

Janel Hull is the Program Manager for ChickTech, a national nonprofit dedicated to increasing the number of girls and women in technical careers. In her role, she manages all ChickTech Portland educational programs including Middle School programs, High School Programs, Career Events, the ACT-W Conference, and the launch of ChickTech: College. As a community organizer, she empowers volunteers, engages youth, develops technical curriculum, and builds community partnerships. Janel is a tireless advocate for diversity in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). She is passionate about educating the next generation of diverse science and technology leaders. Janel knows that both diverse perspectives and STEM can help us solve real-world problems.

Prior to her work with ChickTech, Janel studied biology at Lewis and Clark College. She spent the majority of her science career as a field biologist hiking volcanoes, mapping watersheds, and studying plants. When working on research projects in Hawaii, she would helicopter into 10-day field trips in the wilderness with her all-male field team and male supervisor. Her experiences in homogenous STEM fields sparked her desire to build a diverse and inclusive STEM community. After transitioning from scientific research, she worked for Johnson Creek Watershed Council, a science education nonprofit. She worked to run Citizen Science programs that engaged diverse communities and youth in hands-on science. Janel continues to pursue her passion for science as a member of the Board of Directors of STEM Like a Girl and as a science education volunteer at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.

A passion for science runs in Janel’s family. She immigrated to the United States as a kid to chase her father’s earthquake geology career. She grew up in science museums and at fault lines in both New Zealand, California, and Oregon. She strives to create a world where all youth have the same access to a science education that she did.