They have been around forever, supporting women of color in common and unique ways. Sister circles that nourish the needs of Black women have a firm history in the Black community. Organizations such as Black sororities, sewing guilds, health groups, church societies, and book clubs were established out of the need for Black women to come together to support one another. These sister circles have provided strength, purpose, and love where there may have been none.
Young students interested in STEM fields are often pitched that the careers are lucrative.
But a new study from Vanderbilt University suggests that for students of color, it’s not just about the money.
Researchers found African-American and Latinx students were most likely to go into science, technology, engineering and mathematics because of their interest in social justice issues.
Jenna Amro is a productive member of a scientific research laboratory in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She can pipet, accurately measure scientific compounds, make agar plates that cells can grow on, properly put the cells on the plates, manage data, sterilize equipment in the autoclave, complete projects on DNA mutations, and more — and she only just finished high school.
Affirmative actionpolicies have often beenfalsely characterized as disadvantageous to white students,leaving students of color open to questioning of the validity of their acceptances to Ivy League schools and other elite institutions of higher education. While the Trump administration has denied a recentNew York Times report that the Department of Justice is considering investigatingcolleges and universities whose race- and gender-based admissions practices could “discriminate against white people,” misconceptions about affirmative action are widespread — and nothing new. Micspoke with eight current and former students about their experiences as people of color on prestigious college campuses and how the term “affirmative action” was often used to discredit their achievements.
I am typically classified by others as a “big, black guy”. I’m 6 foot 2 inches tall, and I weigh around 240 pounds. I have often been asked by strangers what position I played, or where I played college ball (I didn’t). I am a 29 year-old Jamaican male living in San Francisco, working as a software engineer. The words to follow are some thoughts I have had for a while, that I have only recently found the courage to pen.