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Women of Color in Science – Recommendations

Success in dealing with the challenges faced by women of color in science hinges on education and training for the scientific community and support for the women of color in science. The key to encouraging women of color to be successful in science and engineering is ensuring they get to know other women of color “who look like me” but who have succeeded and, thus, they will know “I can too.”

Members of the scientific community-at-large need to be trained to eliminate discriminatory actions and to improve the atmosphere in the workplace for all employees. The scientific community also should be educated about the cultural differences inherent in different ethnic groups. In general, if the scientific community could be encouraged to recognize, understand, value, and respect the differences of each other, we would all be more effective and successful.

Finally, women of color, as with other “minorities,” need the support that allows them to see and get to know other “people like me” who are successful in their chosen career. Scientific women of color will benefit from the opportunity to know other women scientists of color. The supportive, family-like atmosphere of NOBCChE is critical to helping shape the success of women scientists at all career levels.


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