Warrior-Scholar Project’s Black Women in STEM Webinar Highlights Shared Experiences

TO JESSICA NELSON, A MARINE Corps veteran who served as a geospatial analyst and intelligence chief, being a Black woman in STEM hasn’t always been the easiest career choice. She’s often faced questions challenging her presence in a typically white and male-dominated space. But she thinks that perception is changing as more women like herself stand up and say, “Hey, I’m doing this, too.” (continued)

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When Gabby Graves-Wake, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, took her first programming class in the fall of 2019, she glanced around the room and made a quick count: There were 56 students, and six of them were women—and she was the only woman of color. At the semester’s end, Graves-Wake would be the only woman remaining in the course.

Her story is not unusual, as women of color account for less than 3 percent of people employed in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math fields. The Warrior-Scholar Project, a nonprofit organization that hosts intensive, college-preparatory “boot camps” for members of the armed services, aims to combat this disparity by offering outreach programs for soldiers who are making or are preparing to make their transition back to civilian life. (continued)

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