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Advancing Black Women's Wellness by Problematizing Systemic Structures in STEM

This presentation will focus on how we can advance Black women’s wellness by addressing racist systems and structures in STEM

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Dr. Nicole Joseph

Nicole M. Joseph is an associate professor of mathematics and science education in the department of Teaching and Learning and the the Associate Dean for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at Vanderbilt University. She is also the founder of the Tennessee March for Black Women in STEM, an event held every fall which seeks to bring together the Tennessee community to raise awareness of the gendered racism, Black women and girls experience in STEM.  Her research explores two lines of inquiry, (a) Black women and girls, their identity development, and their experiences in mathematics (b) Whiteness, White Supremacy and how it operates and shapes underrepresentation of Black women and girls in mathematics. Dr. Joseph’s work has been supported by the National Science Foundation and the National Academy of Education/Spencer. In addition to having research featured in top-tiered journals, Dr. Joseph’s scholarly contributions also includes a co-edited book Interrogating Whiteness and Relinquishing Power: White Faculty’s Commitment to Racial Consciousness in the Classroom (Peter Lang Publishing), a forthcoming book, Mathematizing Feminism: Black Girls’ and Women’s Experiences in the P-20 Mathematics Pipelines (Harvard Education Press), and a new book with Information Age Publishing entitled Understanding the Intersections of Race, Gender, and Gifted Education: An Anthology By and About Talented Black Girls and Women in STEM.


Dr. Danielle Dickens

Danielle Dickens, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Spelman College. Dr. Dickens earned her B.A. in psychology from Spelman College, and her M.S. and Ph.D. from Colorado State University in Applied Social and Health Psychology. As a Black feminist social psychologist, her program of research focuses on identity development and identity formation of Black women, and how they navigate the world, including in STEM spaces. She is a recipient of the 2019 APA Division 35 Teaching of Psychology of Women Award and the 2020 Division 35 Section 01-Psychology of Black Women Foremothers Mentorship Early Career Award.

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Dr. Monica Cox

Monica F. Cox, Ph.D., is a Distinguished Professor of Engineering at The Ohio State University and is a 2020 American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Fellow. She holds degrees in Mathematics (B.S., Spelman College), Industrial Engineering (M.S., University of Alabama), and Leadership and Policy Studies (Ph.D., Peabody College at Vanderbilt University, 2005). She began her academic career in the School of Engineering Education at Purdue University, where she earned a Presidential Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), becoming the first Black woman to earn tenure in Purdue’s College of Engineering.

In 2016, she became the Inaugural Chair of the Department of Engineering Education at The Ohio State University. She is the Founder and CEO of STEMinent LLC, which houses educational assessment, professional development, and media offerings. Her research focuses on the use of mixed methodologies to explore questions across the education continuum, particularly why engineering women faculty persist. Dr. Cox has led and collaborated on multidisciplinary projects totaling approximately $16 million and has authored over 130 publications.

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