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BLACK, BROWN, BRUISED: How Racialized STEM Education Stifles Innovation

April 28, 2021, 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Location Virtual
SponsorThe College of Science and Mathematics; The College of Education and Human ServicesCostFreeMore Informationhttps:/‌/‌‌webinar/‌register/‌WN_dfaf046-Qm6hwHnM45IXzQPosted InCollege of Education and Human Services
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Breakout discussions to follow:

  • 2:30-3:20 pm: Undergraduates, Teachers, and High school students
  • 3:30-4:20 pm: University Faculty & Staff
  • 4:30-5:30 pm: Graduate Students

In this talk, Dr. McGee will discuss the challenges that underrepresented students confront in order to succeed in predominantly White academic and professional realms. Her research documents racism on campus, in the lab, and on the job, and she portrays learning and work environments as arenas rife with racial stereotyping, conscious and unconscious bias, and micro-aggressions, leading many students to abandon STEM fields entirely.

Dr. McGee will offer policies and practices to be implemented if STEM education and employment are to become more inclusive. Such structural changes are imperative for reversing the negative effects of racialized STEM and unlocking the potential of all students to drive technological innovation and power of the economy.

Ebony Omotola McGee is an Associate Professor of diversity and STEM education at Vanderbilt University's Peabody College.

Her research has been featured in prominent media outlets, including The Atlantic, Diverse Issues in Higher Education, The Chronicle of Higher Education, NPR's Codeswitch, The Hechinger Report, Christian Science Monitor, Huffington Post, and US News & World Report. Her newest book: Black, Brown, Bruised: How Racialized STEM Education Stifles Innovation, is available now from Harvard Educational Press.