Date of Award

Spring 2022

Document Type


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Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Educational Studies Department, Biology Department

First Advisor

Edwin Mayorga

Second Advisor

Elizabeth Ann Vallen


In this thesis, I explore how conceptions of western science and scientists invade the Swarthmore Biology department and how it impacts BIPOC students inside and outside the classroom. The findings indicate that BIPOC students are routinely harmed by many ideas conceived from colonialism. However, both students and faculty demonstrate resistance inside and outside the classroom. Inside the classroom, faculty members build strong relationships with students in small communities and negate Western science's claim of objectivity. Outside of the classroom, programs like the Biology Big Sibling-Little Sibling program are recentering BIPOC students and their lived experiences, effectively creating a community where BIPOC students can safely exist.