Author Archives: mscalm

Issues Impacting Higher Education in National and Global Platforms

A form of discrimination that exists in higher education in both the national and global platforms is ageism. Age discrimination does exist in the engineering discipline and does not necessarily require the existence of sexism and racism. In a report written by Demi Simi and Jonathan Matusitz, Ageism Against Older U.S. College Students: A View from …

Continue reading “Issues Impacting Higher Education in National and Global Platforms”

Continue reading

Posted in Diversity, Inclusion | Leave a comment

Diversity and Inclusion in Engineering

An issue impacting my field is the limited number of underrepresented students and women pursuing a degree in material science and engineering or any engineering discipline for that matter. These underrepresented students are, but not limited to, first-generation, former foster youth, LGBTQ+, students of color, students with disabilities, and veterans. The lack of diversity in …

Continue reading “Diversity and Inclusion in Engineering”

Continue reading

Posted in Diversity, Inclusion | Leave a comment

Intersectionality and the Workplace

By identifying as an African-American woman, there are a few ways one can use intersectionality in the workplace. The two macro-categories of this intersectional identity are one of ethnicity and one of gender. Habitually the dominant organizational culture in academia has viewed African American women as outsiders. With this being the case, the path to …

Continue reading “Intersectionality and the Workplace”

Continue reading

Posted in Diversity, Inclusion | Leave a comment

Stereotype Threat – Quiet is Good

The stereotype threat that first comes to mind is this notion that “good black girls are supposed to be quiet.” Throughout my elementary and secondary school years (5-12th grade, primarily), I have been complimented for being quiet and keeping to myself. Most adults seem to equate this behavior with maturity. Some students simple-mindedly would insinuate this calm …

Continue reading “Stereotype Threat – Quiet is Good”

Continue reading

Posted in Diversity, Inclusion | Leave a comment

Introductory Blog

Hello everyone, I’m Senam Tamakloe, an MS candidate in the Materials Science and Engineering department here at Virginia Tech. I use she/her/hers pronouns. I am a former GEM Associate Fellow and a 2019 Diversity Scholar. My research work involves synthesizing bulk carbon samples, studying the effects of varying high temperatures and pressurized conditions, and utilizing …

Continue reading “Introductory Blog”

Continue reading

Posted in Diversity, Inclusion | Leave a comment

Introductory Blog

Hello everyone, I’m Senam Tamakloe, an MS candidate in the Materials Science and Engineering department here at Virginia Tech. I use she/her/hers pronouns. I am a former GEM Associate Fellow and a 2019 Diversity Scholar. My research work involves synthesizing bulk carbon samples, studying the effects of varying high temperatures and pressurized conditions, and utilizing …

Continue reading “Introductory Blog”

Continue reading

Posted in Diversity, Inclusion | Leave a comment