This interview covers issues that uniquely affect African-American men in STEM such as the idea of a heightened imposter syndrome, the extra burden of wanting to give back to your community, and the importance of putting yourself first and maintaining a solid work-life balance.
Today's we have a special bonus companion piece to episode 6 which featured a discussion on the challenges of single motherhood while in grad school. This bonus episode dives deeper into the experiences of a person whose voice we have all come to know—the woman who took an idea and turned it into Science in Color, Veronica Varela. Jonte Jones turns the tables on our host and we hear about her journey through life and path to and through grad school, as well as her struggles as a mom.
Today's episode gives voice to a community in STEM that isn't usually at the forefront of diversity efforts in STEM, the gay male population. We talk to Dr. Sokol V. Todi, an openly gay associate professor at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan as well as University of Michigan graduate student, Nicholas Silva, about his experiences navigating being gay and in STEM. This episode touches on a variety of topics so join us as we learn about the experiences of this particular marginalized group.
You start grad school ready to learn, ready to start this new adventure, expecting to be taken under the wing of a mentor to be trained to become a great scientist. But what happens when your mentor hates you from the very beginning? What happens when that training isn't absent, and instead you are pushed and pulled in different directions, and every misstep is under scrutiny?
Hypothesis: (In case you forgot…) The institution of academia and the original goal of science have become marred with groups of powerful individuals who behave inappropriately and perpetuate an environment that is both unfriendly to students and detrimental to scientific inquiry. Evidence #3 (Subtle discrimination toward the powerless.): There are certain actions that merit lawsuits. […]
“I tried to work it away, but that just made me even sadder. I tried to keep myself busy. I ran around in circles, think I made myself dizzy. I slept it away…” Between my undergrad and graduate school experiences, I have learned that my happiness is probably one of the most important things in […]
Note: This is meant to be a very interactive series of articles. I will ask you for feedback and questions as we delve deeper into these complex issues. Introduction: From the dawn of human consciousness came the need to identify and document knowledge, presumably as a means to enhance the survival of a species. To […]
Alex and Veronica share their tips on how to make the most of a conference! Music: Jblanked – Been on Sponsor: SACNAS
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