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Opportunity: Women of Color in STEM Initiative

We as people have opportunity after opportunity to come together and collaborate with each other. To combine interest with a shared passion to create a new experience and a distinctive mark on history. However, in our daily grind we tend to pass up these invaluable chances with the ever present and justifiable excuses of family commitments and work obligations. So when we received this email from the Women of color STEM Initiative we wanted to share it with our community in the hopes that some of us take a moment to forage a bit of collaborative history. Don’t let opportunities pass you by!

Some Background

“We are currently putting together a coffee table book that represents modern day women of color with STEM degrees and would love for you to be a part of it. Our vision is to include images (at least 2) of women currently working in a variety of different STEM careers along with a short biography. You will also have space to share any STEM initiatives (websites, programs, etc…) that you are working on.”

Whose involved?

Danielle Ferguson, Ed.D. I am a recent graduate from Morgan State University with a Doctorate of Science Education. My dissertation titled, “African American Women in STEM: Uncovering Stories of Persistence and Resilience through an Examination of Social and Cultural Capital” focused on sharing stories of African American women who earned a terminal degree in the STEM field. This is important work for me because I am passionate about increasing the diversity of the STEM workforce by inspiring more young women of color to pursue careers in this field.

Shenell L.T. Bolden. I am currently pursuing my terminal degree at Morgan State University in the School of Community Public Health. I’ve decided to take my STEM skills out of the lab and into application. Have you seen the movie “Contagion?” Well, I want to be like Lawrence Fishburn’s character when I grow up and save the world from infectious diseases; but I’ll be using science as a means of prevention.

Like Danielle, I am a staunch advocate for #BlackGirlsInSTEM. You may have even seen me use this hashtag on my Instagram handle: @NoaTheLittleScientist. The moniker mirrors a children’s book that I wrote specifically for #MelanatedMunchkins to engage them in the sciences. Soon (when grad school gives me my life back) it will be a series of Noa’s adventures in science. I believe that it is imperative that we introduce our babies to STEM at an early age. Children are naturally curious creatures. What could be a better time to engage them in scientific inquiry?

More Details

  • One day in-person commitment (the photo shoot)
  • Correspondences through email or over the phone
  • Participation is voluntary. You will receive 2 copies of the completed book.
  • Deadline is Sunday, October 29, 2017

Why is this important?

“As you may know, STEM careers are projected to grow the fastest, provide the highest salaries, and stable positions, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (2014). Typically though, STEM jobs are more likely to be held by men, outside of jobs related to life science. Fewer than 2% of doctorates are earned by African American women in a STEM field. Our mission is to change these statistics! We want girls to aspire to fill these positions which have the potential to improve their quality of life and increase the much needed diversity of these fields. In order to continue engaging and inspiring girls to pursue careers in STEM fields, We need your help!”

If you are interested in being apart of this book, click here!