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Abstract Title: Nuanced explorations of personal support networks: a cross-case analysis
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Abstract: As the physics education research community continues to address issues of equity concerning People of Color, it is essential to conduct investigations with consideration of the diversity of individuals to direct resources to effective support systems. This qualitative cross-case study examines the helpful and mentor relationships identified by two men of color enrolled in a physics graduate program to identify relevant characteristics influencing their support networks. Results show the value of postdocs, research advisors, family, roommates and academic peers in supporting the participants through concerns with research, motivation, and living expenses. Additionally, results highlight the critical role of advocacy for international students and the role of cultural background in facilitating different relationships. Ultimately, this study highlights the need for nuanced explorations to identify relevant supports for People of Color in physics to invest in relevant systems such as research group rotations, student-led organizations, and advocacy for international students and postdocs.
Session Time: Poster Session 1
Poster Number: I-54

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Brian Zamarripa Roman
University of Utah
and Co-Presenter(s)
Miguel Rodriguez, University of Utah
Ramón S. Barthelemy, University of Utah