Session: I Can't Quit - Experiences of Black Women in STEM Professions
Understanding why women and people of color stay in STEM professions is critically important in attracting and retaining more of them. This is the level of understanding, knowledge, and insights unraveled in peer-reviewed research on Black women whose experiences on the axis of race and gender serve as a salient example. Furthermore, Black Women make up 13.9% of the female workforce, but only 2% of the U.S. STEM workforce, and their experiences regarding the factors that contribute to embedding and retaining this population were generally unknown until this research.
- • Recognize and understand the differences in the experiences of Black women in STEM professions.
- • Harness our understanding of these differences to address the unique barriers experienced by Black women in STEM.
- • Implement policies and practices that will promote the wellbeing and retention of Black women in STEM.
Dr. Marge Sendze is an organizational culture influencer and leader with more than 20 years of delivering business value by enabling high-performing teams. Dr. Sendze currently serves as a senior technology manager and leverages organizational psychology to drive organizational change, inclusive work environments, talent engagement, and retention strategies in the workforce. She holds a Ph.D. in industrial and organizational psychology. Marge is a self-described people champion and an advocate for creating environments that promote the inclusion, participation, and retention of ALL people in STEM pathways and in the workforce. Dr. Sendze is also a certified diversity professional coach and an active member of various STEM initiatives in the Kansas City STEM community.