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Dr. Ruby Mendenhall and local H.S. students join C2ST to discuss how non-white STEM students experience racism through college and beyond.

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Dr. Ruby Mendenhall joins C2ST to discuss how non-white STEM students experience racism through in college and beyond. She’ll also detail how racial microaggressions affect BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) students’ health and sense of belonging in STEM.

Microagressions include a statement, action, or incident regarded as an instance of indirect, subtle, or unintentional discrimination against members of a marginalized group such as a racial or ethnic minority. By moving away from less-inclusive terms like “marginalized” and “minority,” we humanize the language applied to our peers. This program seeks to address the impacts of cultural insensitivity on the BIPOC population and what can be done to better support their inclusion and success in STEM fields. Register now to participate in a frank discussion on the experiences of BIPOC students in STEM and why advocacy is critical. Learn what you can do to become a better ally!

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Thursday, June 10th, 2021, 4:00 pm - 4:45 pm CT, C2ST Facebook Live & C2ST TV Youtube Live.

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Featured Speaker:

Ruby Mendenhall, PhD, Associate Professor of Sociology, African American Studies, Urban and Regional Planning, Gender and Women’s Studies and Social Work at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


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Ruby Mendenhall’s research examines how life in racially segregated neighborhoods with high violence levels affects the mental and physical health of Black mothers. Her multiple sources of data include surveys, interviews, crime statistics, police records, data from 911 calls, art, wearable sensors, and genomic analysis. She examines the Earned Income Tax Credits (EITC) role in social mobility and health outcomes, and the medicalization of poverty. She is interested in how families use their EITC to secure affordable and safe housing. She studies the effects of racial microaggressions on students of color health and sense of belonging on predominantly white campuses. She also employs big data to recover Black women’s lost history using topic modeling and data visualization to examine over 800,000 documents from 1740 to 2014. Mendenhall is an Associate Professor of Sociology, African American Studies, Urban and Regional Planning, Gender and Women’s Studies, and Social Work at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is an affiliate of the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology; Women and Gender in Global Perspectives; the Cline Center for Advanced Social Research; Epstein Health Law and Policy Program; Family Law and Policy Program and the Institute for Computing in Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences. Mendenhall is the Assistant Dean for Diversity and Democratization of Health Innovation at the Carle Illinois College of Medicine.

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