Delgado Community College Change Agent Team
Diondra DeMolle, Chemistry
Karen Menge, Geology and Environmental Science
Diondra began her teaching career at Delgado in 2011, where she is an Assistant Professor of Chemistry and currently the chair of the Physical Science Department. She is the 2018 recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award given by NISOD (National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development) and past Program Chair of the 219th Two-Year College Chemistry Consortium Conference, titled "Creativity, Collaboration, and Customization in Chemical Education." She has successfully created a learner-centered classroom with the implementation of modules, worksheets, and engaging activities for students.
Diondra teaches Introductory Chemistry I and II (in-person and online), General Chemistry I and II, Physical Science I and II, Water Distribution I-IV, and Introduction to Chemical Technology.
Karen has been teaching at the college level for 27 years and is an Assistant Professor of Geology and Environmental Science at Delgado. She has also taught summer STEM classes in geology for high school students in the metro New Orleans area. She established a Delgado chapter of the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium Marine Science Club and is the faculty sponsor for this club. Beyond the classroom, Karen is working with the City of New Orleans to studying subsidence and water quality of the Lafitte Greenway, where Delgado students are able to experience field work on this important green infrastructure.
Karen teaches Physical Geology, Environmental Science, Environmental Soil Science, Natural Disasters, Physics, and Physical Science I and II.
Delgado Community College is located in New Orleans, Louisiana. Delgado serves over 20,000 students every year. Over half of them are 25 or older, 48% are black or African-American, and more than two-thirds are women. Three-quarters of first-time students receive Pell grants.
The Physical Science Department includes 11 full-time faculty and 1 adjunct faculty who teach courses in Astronomy, Chemistry, Environmental Policy/Studies, Environmental Science, Geology, Physics, Water and Wastewater Technology, and Chemical Technology. The college offers two degrees that would allow for a concentration in Physical Sciences: Associate of General Studies and Associate of Science (Louisiana Transfer). The latter allows for matriculation at a four-year institution for students to continue with a major in geology or chemistry.
The Physical Science department is part of the Science and Math Division, which also includes Biological Sciences and Mathematics.
Institutional demographic data is from IPEDS the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, U.S. Department of Education, typically for the 2018-19 year as available.