During #BlackHistoryMonth and on #InternationalDayofWomenandGirlsinScience, it’s important to recognize the unique barriers that impact and exclude Black women in STEM. Data reveals that only 2% of STEM jobs are held by Black women nationwide and that while Black and white students enter STEM majors at the same rate, Black students leave these majors at a rate of 40%, compared with 29% of white students.
To delve deeper into what’s preventing Black women from pursuing STEM careers and staying in them once they gain a foothold, Barnard faculty, alumnae, and students shared their own personal experiences, highlighting the power of mentorship and the need for broader conversations around diversity in STEM — particularly within the education system.
“We need more opportunities for Barnard students to be in spaces that are historically cis male and white so that we may make our mark on the world,” says Lauren Babb ’18 (pictured above).
Barnard programs like The Science Pathways Scholars Program and new courses like Chemistry and Racism have begun to address the diversity problem in STEM, but there is still much more work to do.
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