Racism in STEM

Last Updated: August 31st, 2020

The Black Lives Movement has shown that racism exists not only in obvious forms but also takes subtle shapes in our society as racist attitudes are ingrained in too many systems. As highlighted by #shutdownstem, STEM is not immune to racism.

     As members of the STEM community, we solve problems by learning more, reading more, understanding more. Similarly, we can only make STEM a more inclusive field by educating ourselves on its history of exploiting marginalized persons and the implications of past underrepresentation. Below is a compilation of readings about racism in STEM divided by discipline, designed to shed light on how race impacts science fields. 

 

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Anti-Racist STEM Reading List

General STEM

The following sources come from members of the Follette Lab at Amherst College who created this plan for #shutdownstem

The following sources come from the grassroots organization #shutdownstem, which organized the nationwide event on June 6 to halt STEM and academic activities to instead learn about the Black Lives Matter movement and the issues it addresses. More about their work can be found here

Astronomy/Physics

The following sources come from members of the Follette Lab at Amherst College who created this plan for #shutdownstem

Biology

Chemistry

Computer Science

Environmental Science

Geology

Mathematics/Statistics

Medicine

Neuroscience/ Psychology

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