Education Advocate, Kadidia Thiero leads and manages the Significant Opportunities in Atmospheric Research and Science (SOARS) Program and affiliated efforts. The SOARS program, based at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) in Boulder, CO; has been increasing the diversity of the atmospheric and related sciences for 23 years. This flagship Program is designed to support students from backgrounds, traditionally under-represented in the geosciences, to enter and succeed in graduate school and STEM careers.
Prior to SOARS, Ms. Thiero served as Outreach Coordinator for the NOAA Center for Atmospheric Sciences (NCAS); a multi-institution Cooperative Science Center, led by Howard University. Ms. Thiero managed and supported all K-12 programs, and coordinated the undergraduate summer internship program (USIP); as well as NCAS’ national high school weather camp, CAREERS, in the summer.
Prior to teaching at the University of the District of Columbia's Community College, Ms. Thiero worked as the Community Liaison with The Education Trust. She managed the community work, and produced materials in English and Spanish for use as tools, in advocating for equity in secondary schools. Kadidia Thiero graduated from Howard University with a BA in Spanish Language and Literature; and received her MA in Latin American Studies from the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.