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Chapter 4 Promoting Attainment of African American Women in the STEM Fields: Lessons from Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Women of Color in Higher Education: Changing Directions and New Perspectives

ISBN: 978-1-78052-182-4, eISBN: 978-1-78052-181-7

ISSN: 1479-3644

Publication date: 7 September 2011

Abstract

In this chapter, we consider the lessons that may be learned from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) about how to promote degree attainment for African American women in STEM fields. Specifically, we examine the presence of African American women in the STEM fields, discuss the conventional wisdom on the preparation of STEM graduates, as well as the role that HBCUs play in promoting the success of African American women. We conclude with recommendations for improving the degree attainment of African American women in STEM fields.

Citation

Gasman, M. and Perna, L.W. (2011), "Chapter 4 Promoting Attainment of African American Women in the STEM Fields: Lessons from Historically Black Colleges and Universities", Jean-Marie, G. and Lloyd-Jones, B. (Ed.) Women of Color in Higher Education: Changing Directions and New Perspectives (Diversity in Higher Education, Vol. 10), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 73-88. https://doi.org/10.1108/S1479-3644(2011)0000010008

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