We all Belong: Negotiating belonging in academic spaces that traditionally exclude
We know that women and persons of color are severely underrepresented in high paying and prestigious careers in computer science, engineering, and physical sciences. William Tate (2001) points out this under-representation reflects a larger violation of people's civil rights. Disparate access to quality science education and the STEM careers that people have access to as a result of that education, is one way that inequality persists despite the struggles for social justice by so many people. We will examine the disparities in educational attainment for women and students of color, we'll unpack some of the explanations and propose mechanisms by which we might combat exclusion.
Jason Babcock is the Director of the Learning Center at WCC where he occasionally teaches Math, English and Educational Planning. He recently completed his doctoral degree at UW with research on how students of color make decisions regarding persistence in STEM pathways.
Juan Serrano is a student employee at WCC pursuing a degree in communications while working at the WCC Intercultural Center.
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