CNPS Research Colloquium

Navigating Gendered and Racialized Encounters in STEM and its Effect on Women of Color’s Mental Health and Career Development 

Thursday, October 1st at 11:30-1:00

Kerrie Wilkins-Yel, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Counseling Psychology, University of Massachusetts Boston

Women of color remain significantly underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. In fact, women of color comprised only 8% of all science and engineering doctoral degrees awarded in 2016 (NSF, 2019). This continued underrepresentation has largely been attributed to working in STEM environments rife with systemic injustices (e.g., gendered racism). This presentation will center the voices of graduate women of color in STEM – women who identify as Black, Latinx, Indigenous, Asian, and Multiracial – and shed light on the psychological implications of navigating marginalizing STEM environments. It will also discuss: 1) the results of the newly developed STEM-Gendered Racial Microaggressions Scale, a tool to assess the frequency and toll of racialized and gendered encounters in STEM; and 2) offer actionable steps faculty can implement to address marginalization in STEM and in turn support students’ mental health and career development.

Meeting will occur over ZOOM

Meeting ID= 278 285 4272

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