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STEM and Underrepresented Populations: What’s at Stake

  • Tristan Ivory
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Part of the International and Development Education book series (INTDE)

Abstract

This chapter examines three categories of groups typically underrepresented within STEM fields in the United States: Women, ethnic/racial minorities, and the economically disadvantaged. Although the aforementioned groups do not face all the same obstacles toward greater inclusion within STEM fields, the central features of their struggle are similar in that they map directly onto inequality that these marginalized groups face in US society at large. The recent history of these underrepresented groups within STEM fields in the United States shows that, despite tremendous gains made by each group, the goal of full inclusion is still unfulfilled. I argue that each of these groups must be considered in any discussion about the relationship between STEM fields and university rankings because a failure to do so will ensure greater disparities and less inclusion within future iterations of the academy.

Keywords

Underrepresented Minorities Discrimination Inequality Pipeline Retention 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tristan Ivory
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  1. 1.Department of Sociology and Black Studies ProgramUniversity of MissouriColumbiaUSA

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