Date Approved


Degree Type

Open Access Senior Honors Thesis

Department or School


First Advisor

Dyann C. Logwood, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Megan Moore, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Ann R. Eisenberg, Ph.D.


Women and people of color have faced discrimination throughout history, and this inequity persists today. This results in low numbers of women and people of color in STEM and leads to stereotypes and bias as well as harassment, financial disparities, and erasure of their contributions. Current initiatives promote equality and equity in STEM, such as protests against discriminatory practices and after-school programs encouraging youth from marginalized groups to participate in STEM, but these are not enough. Institutional and structural changes and solutions that address the intersectional needs of women and people of color are necessary to ensure equity and equality in these fields.

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