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Final Thoughts

I think my two biggest takeaways from this course were our discussions on inclusion/diversity and a better understanding as far as what intersectionality is. I think having an understanding of these things allows you to constantly check your privilege, and be cognizant in applying best practices. Being a white male, I am for the most … Continue reading Final Thoughts Continue reading

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US Edu Inequality

In this weeks blog post I wanted to look at the lack of diversity we have in the STEM fields. After reading a few articles on the people color obtaining doctoral degrees I learned a couple disturbing facts I thought I might share (https://www.pbs.org/newshour/education/shortage-non-white-professors-self-perpetuating-problem): 3 percent of doctoral degrees awarded in education represent blacks, however … Continue reading US Edu Inequality Continue reading

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intersectionality

I found Kimberlé Crenshaw TED talk titled “The urgency of intersectionality” (https://www.ted.com/talks/kimberle_crenshaw_the_urgency_of_intersectionality/up-next?language=en) extremely moving. I think this was a really good example of bringing attention to the subject matter and how people’s different identities can effect them. It really highlights the fact that different identities can have compounding effects. The only thing I would be … Continue reading intersectionality Continue reading

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Can Diversity Be Quantified ?

As per the prompt, I am taking a broad interpretation of the word field here. In the sense that I am going to discuss college admissions, where I am rationalizing this with the fact that in the future I wish to work as a professor. As some of you may or may not know there … Continue reading Can Diversity Be Quantified ? Continue reading

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Box It Up

I really had to think for a long time about how stereotypical threat has impacted my life, and I realize as a white man this type of threat is either so small I don’t notice it or I really don’t find it offensive. That being said white men are probably more screwed up than everyone … Continue reading Box It Up Continue reading

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Intro Post for 5214

Hey all, my name is Sam Sherry, I go by he/him/his pronouns. I am a third-year Structural Engineering  Ph.D. student at Virginia Tech. I work as a graduate research assistant in a large structural testing laboratory where my project is focused on improving aging infrastructure with carbon fiber retrofits. At the lab, we test retired … Continue reading Intro Post for 5214 Continue reading

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