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Supportive Diversity and Inclusion in Science and Academia
Khalima A. Bolden Supporting Diversity and Inclusion in Science and Academia The National Science Foundation recently published data from a survey examining the demography of individuals receiving doctoral degrees between 2002 and 2017. This study demonstrated that ethnic and racial minorities continue to be unrepresented in the STEM disciplines with some subfields of study not graduating any individuals of African American descent. This lack of diversity can be attributed to mili-systemic issues that can be seen throughout the educational system. Additionally, those racial and ethnic minorities that do enter academia in the STEM disciplines face a lack of inclusion and suffer burn out at higher rates. This perpetuates the difficulty recruiting and retaining individuals of color and stifling forward progress. This presentation will focus on examining the a) broken pipeline that leads to a lack of diversity in STEM disciplines, b) increasing diversity and inclusivity in academia, and c) discussing protective factors for minorities to manage stress and burnout in STEM disciplines.