Date of Award

Spring 2021

Document Type

Thesis

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Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Department

Educational Studies Department

First Advisor

Lisa Smulyan

Abstract

In this thesis project, I explore the unnecessarily complicated path of persistence for women of color in STEM. I find that these students are pushed out by the larger culture and climate of STEM which is hostile to their existence. However, there are students that are not pushed out but rather chose to leave STEM in favor of other academic pursuits. For students that do persist, the strategies they engage in order to persist are strategic and agentic. These students are aware that they must navigate STEM carefully. Within persisting, students also resist and push back against the dominant STEM culture, many doing so in hopes of changing the landscape for the next generation of women of color in STEM.

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