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My alma mater’s unofficial rag is always good for a shudder, just wanted to share some of the journalistic brilliance. From Wednesday’s issue:

Science fields lack female minority professors
By Adele Hampton and Rachel Roubein

A taste:

“The lack of minority women in academia is a self-perpetuating trend that deprives young minority females of role models and networking opportunities, professors and researchers said at a panel discussion on the campus yesterday.”

“The study found that due to low expectations set by a white male driven society, minority students, especially women, are aware of racial discrimination and low expectations, leading to a decline in interest. Disinterest begins in the eighth grade and lasts through the senior year of high school. This is caused by a lack of female minority science teachers and less challenging curricula, leaving students unprepared for university-level classes.”

“Universities should have a strong female minority representation in their science faculty and promote science curricula that is culturally and prospectively diverse, the study said. Schools should also provide a “sense of belonging” to all students with access to labs, mentoring and symposiums. ”

“‘I think it’s so helpful when you can see someone who’s so similar to you,” said Joy Browne, a sophomore biological anthropology major. “It’s good to see someone physically in front of you who’s portraying the goal you want to reach.'”

(all emphasis mine)

Nice to see that my school’s science department is so focused on, you know, science.

I think the first commenter nailed it:

diogines
posted 3/04/09 @ 10:29 AM EST
The lack of European-American men in football and basketball teams is a self-perpetuating trend that deprives young majority males of role models and networking opportunities, professors and researchers said at a panel discussion on the campus yesterday.

“I see a lot of white men who are incredibly athletic not go into these sports,” said Diogines.

There are only 2 men of noncolor holding playing for the Terps at this university, according to Associate Provost for Sports Affairs, despite there being close to 25,000 European Americans at the university.

When students reach higher education, there is a significant drop in male majority participation in sports fields, according to a recent study by a logic professor. That minimal number of prospective role models hinders the development of male majority students.

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03/04/2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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