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Intersectional Identities

Intersectional Identities and how this Influences Black Women’s Success in STEM fields

Despite the growing number of women and minorities in STEM occupations, underrepresentation of Black women in the STEM workforce persists as they hold only 2.4% and 2% of science and engineering jobs, respectively, though they make up 6.4% of the total population. Despite these numbers, the African American women who are in STEM fields have been shown to excel at exceptional rates.

The purpose of this presentation is to discuss the findings published in the authors' 2019 book chapter “Societal Factors and Workplace Perceptions - Understanding Social Determinants of Professional STEM achievement and persistence for Black Women,” which examined existing data, strategies, and models that addressed social determinants of professional STEM attainment for Black women.

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Authors' Book Chapter:

Huderson, A., & Huderson, B. (2019). Societal Factors and Workplace Perceptions: Understanding Social Determinants of Professional STEM Achievement and Persistence for Black Women. In Thomas, U., & Drake, J. (Ed.), Women's Influence on Inclusion, Equity, and Diversity in STEM Fields (pp. 1-21). IGI Global. http://doi:10.4018/978-1-5225-8870-2.ch001  


Dr. Ashley Huderson

Dr. Ashley Huderson currently serves as the Senior Manager of Engineering Education at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), an adjunct professor of Biology at the University of the District of Columbia, and the founder and president of STEM Innovation Consulting. A culmination of personal and academic interest prompted her to turn her sights completely to diversity and inclusion issues within STEM education and embark on a career that would allow her to make a meaningful contribution on diversifying the scientific workforce and empowering those interested in STEM, regardless of their background.

Dr. Brandy Huderson is a STEM educator with extensive experience in higher education instruction, scientific research, informal STEM education programming, project management, qualitative and quantitative portfolio analysis, program evaluation, and federal grant management. Dr. Huderson is an Assistant Professor at the University of the District of Columbia where her research focuses on steroid receptor biology, in normal and abhorrent systems, as well as STEM Education.

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