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Abstract Title: STEM Majors’ Perceptions of Racism and Sexism in STEM
Abstract: We present a small part of a larger interview study of approximately 120 college seniors of diverse gender and race completing a degree in STEM. In the interviews, students were asked if the experience of being a STEM major was different for people of different genders and races. Reported differences for both gender and race focused on internal or structural differences for people of different genders and races. There were also many who did not recognize any differences based on gender or race. We find that white men were the least likely to recognize differences for people of other genders and races, whereas women of color were the most likely to recognize these differences. Notably, students were more likely to recognize gender differences than racial ones.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Katherine Rainey
University of Colorado Boulder
Department of Physics
Libby Drive
Boulder, CO 80302
Phone: 2083055700
and Co-Presenter(s)
Melissa Dancy, University of Colorado Boulder
Roslyn Mickelson, University of North Carolina Charlotte
Elizabeth Stearns, University of North Carolina Charlotte
Stephanie Moller, University of North Carolina Charlotte

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