Black and female in science

Starts: 5 November 2020 10:00 am EST

  • Starts: 5 November 2020 10:00 am EST
  • Ends: 5 November 2020 11:00 am EST

What is it like to be a black woman scientist? Do they feel invincible, less than their colleagues or like they belong? Are they in a constant battle to prove themselves, or do they feel free to focus on the thing they love – science? How do they deal with the stereotypes associated with being female, as well as those associated with being black? Though the number of black women in STEM remains low, it has increased since the 1990s. Dr. Diana Nanyumba, a Ugandan medical doctor based in the United Kingdom, will be conversing with Esther Ngumbi, an assistant professor of entomology at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign. They’ll discuss what it means to be a black woman in a field traditionally dominated by men and a few white women.

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