Media

📋Studies📋

  • Common Cause Research
    • A report created with the aim of building research collaborations between universities and BAME communities, and the methods with which to do this, by first aiming to understand the issues facing BAME at university and the importance of using community ground to heal the divide.
  • 🛸Sector Factsheet: Ethnic minorities in STEM
    • Factsheet looking at education and employment of BAME in STEM fields, focusing on statistics regarding subject choice at university and areas of employment in STEM industries.
  • 🛸Ethnic minority academics earn less than their white colleagues
    • Article by 
  • Improving Diversity in STEM 
    • Campaign for Science and Engineering (CaSE) report looking at not only the issues facing creating more diversity in STEM but also statistics regarding all minority and marginalised groups. 
  • Princeton & Slavery
    • Princeton University website investigating its own past and links to its role in slavery and how Princeton alumni contributed to colonisation,  including the slave-holding practices of Princeton’s early trustees and faculty members.
  • 🛸Women of Colour in Astronomy and Astrophysics
    • Summary of a conference from 2013 entitled “Seeking Solutions: Maximising American Talent by Advancing Women of Colour in Academia” about the barriers WOC face when trying to flourish in the field of astrophysics going from graduate student level to postdoc and beyond, and solutions to these problems. By Dr. Jedidah Isler, The National Academic Press. 
  • 🛸Universities urged to close ‘degree gap’ between black and white students
    • Report confirms that race issues in universities must be dealt with strategically and systematically. Additionally it should be compulsory and not an optional ‘add on’.

📗Books📗

  • Forgotten Women: The Scientists 
    • Book written by author Zing Tsjeng (@misszing) documenting the achievements of 48 female scientists, many of which are women of colour.
  • 🛸Hidden Figures: The Untold Story of the African American Women Who Helped Win the Space Race
    • Written in 2016 by Margot Lee Shetterly, Hidden Figures is a biographical piece following the lives of three black women (Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson) who worked as mathematicians or “Human Computers” at NASA from the 1930’s to the 1960’s. Their work was instrumental in helping American win the space race. 
  • 🛸The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
    • IMDB – A movie based on this book premiered in 2017.
    • Written by Rebecca Skloot, this book is an account of the life of Henrietta Lacks, whose cancer cells are the source of the HeLa cell line, one of the most important cell lines in medicine which has led to many breakthroughs in biomedical research.
  • Inferior: How Science got Women Wrong – and the New Research That’s Rewriting the Story
    • Written by a WoC (Angela Saini), Inferior (2018) focuses on challenging stereotypes about men and women, especially those hotly debated in the fields of biology, psychology and anthropology about the differences between these two genders, and the bias that exists in science when researching gender differences.
  • 🛸Inside the Ivory Tower
    • Developed by Dr. Deborah Gabriel (a senior academic at the University of Bournemouth whose research is on critiquing inequalities within the media), Inside the Ivory Tower draws on Black feminist theory to examine how racism manifests itself inside the sphere of academia from microaggressions to overt racial abuse, and focuses on the experiences of WoC in academia, highlighting their voices.
  • Superior: The Return of Race in Science
    • Also written by Angela Saini, Superior (2019) fights back against the resurgence of scientific racism, and explores the concept of race, taking information from geneticists, anthropologists, historians and social scientists in order to examine just how evil and destructive race science is.

📝Articles📝

  • 🛸100% of Women of Colour in STEM experience both gender and racial bias study finds
    • This article, written by Shalene Gupta for Fortune, contains information about a detailed study that was conducted by the University of California Hastings. It reports that of 557 women working in STEM all of the 60 women of colour interviewed reported having faced a gender and racial bias, meaning that they were doubly affected by bigotry in the workplace.
  • As a black student, I know why our grades are worse: universities don’t listen to us
    • Article by Adesewa Esther Adebisi detailing her experiences as a black university student. They describe the micro-affirmations that their white peers received and how this fed into the attainment gap and how it was detrimental to their personal experience at university.
  • Astronomy in Ancient Islam 
    • Wikipedia article which outlines the progress made in astrophysics during the Islamic Golden age, including developing astronomical terms for stars and instruments which are used in modern astrophysics. This area is incredibly important to learn about as the achievements of POC particularly in ancient periods is either falsely attributed to western scientists much later or goes wholly unrecognised.
  • 🛸 BAME teachers face inherit racism in UK schools
    • News article, written by Rachael Pells for The Independent, which outlines a study conducted by NASUWT and The Runneymede Trust which surveyed 12,000 teachers. It found that 8 in 10 BAME (Black and Minority Eithnic) teachers reported not being paid at a level which was equivocate with their level of experience and two-thirds of the BAME teachers reported having been the target of verbalised racial abuse by their pupils.
  • 🛸The ‘Benefits’ of Black Physics Students
    • A New York Times article by Dr. Jedidah Isler discussing the setbacks black students face when entering the field of physics, focusing on how instead of including ethnic diversity for the correct moral reasons – which is all that is needed – academics are now expecting BAME students to lead discussions of decolonisation and diversity, an extra burden put on POC when their white counterparts are only expected to bring their interest.
  • The Black and Asian women who fought for a vote
    • A BBC News article by Elizabeth Crawford on the Black and Asian women that were vital to the suffragette movement, for example Sarah Parker Remond, an African-American lecturer who worked on the anti-slavery movement and women’s rights and Princess Sophia Duleep Singh, the daughter of the last Maharaja of the Sikh empire and an active member of the Women’s Social and Political Union. Remembering WOC and their efforts is especially important, as a lot of white women suffragettes and suffragists were racist including Emmeline Pankhurst who later on in her life became a Conservative and was strongly pro-colonisation. (https://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/womens-life/11914757/Racism-and-the-suffragettes-the-uncomfortable-truth.html)
  • Black female academics in UK ‘face pervasive bullying’ 
    • Times Higher Education, The World University Rankings.
  • 🛸Black female professors must deal with bullying to win promotion, report finds
    • A Guardian article, written by Richard Adams and David Batty, which details a report finding that in order to advance in their careers, Black female professors must deal with shocking levels of bullying including being mistaken for clerical staff, constantly being ignored in meetings and getting very little support from their white female peers.
  • 🛸Despite decades of pledging to hire more black faculty, most universities didn’t
    • Hechinger report article on how faculty of colour are the most underrepresented on college campuses, especially Black faculty, with just seven percent of tenure track professors nationwide being Black. Additionally the number of Black faculty members on campus has not increasing at all in the decade between 2006 and 2016 and in fact instead fell slightly by 0.5%.
  • Ethnic minority academics speak out over unfair pay
    • BBC News article written by Rianna Croxford describing how BAME academics are coming forward with allegations of being unlawfully paid less than their white counterparts, and even sometimes less than white colleagues who should in reality have a lower paying job in the institution, giving a case study of Pragya Agrawal, a junior academic who discovered she was being paid £8,000 less than white male colleagues who were in the same department who were actually meant to be on lower pay grades.
  • 🛸Decolonising Science Reading List
    • A list of articles on decolonising science collected and updated by Prof. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein.
  • 🛸A diverse reading list is no threat to Shakespeare – every student benefits
    • Guardian article by Rianna Walcott detailing the issues she had with the colour of her curriculum, and how from this stemmed Project Myopia which works to integrate all types of diversity into UK curriculums.
  • Do universities have a problem with promoting their BAME staff?
    • Guardian article by Coco Kahn on the lack of WOC in leadership positions in institutions of higher academia, breaking down the causes of this into examples of how systematic racism manifests itself in these spheres, i.e . the attainment gap, lack of a decolonised curriculum and lack of diversity initiatives which focus on including more BAME.
  • Famous Black Women in STEM 
    • Refinery29 article by Sarah Jacoby listing 12 Black women who have achieved greatness in the field of STEM. It includes a description of their accomplishments across a wide variety of fields in STEM including astronomy, optometry, nursing and mathematics. Some of the women listed have articles about them on this site, including Mae Jemison and Katherine Johnson.
  • Historical Women of Colour in Science
    • Femmes of STEM podcast alphabetical reference list of historical women of colour in STEM with a link to an article on each woman listed, arranged by the field they worked in right through from Archaeology to Zoology.
  • Historical Women of Colour in STEM 
    • Medium article by Michelle Barboza-Ramirez (herself a WoC) about the misconception that WoC have not been integral to the world of STEM and includes a thorough list of WoC scientists and their achievements across all areas of STEM.
  • Institutional racism and the rise of anti-Muslim attitudes
      • Guardian article by Liam O’Keefe and Gilliam Dalley on the importance of fighting against the surge of anti-Muslim hate attacks in wake of the Christchurch massacre and spouting of hateful nativist ideology by the alt-right.
  • 🛸Intergalatic Pachamama: Kichwa Cosmology Vs. Western Astrophysics 
    • Smithsonian Centre for Folklife and Cultural Heritage article by Jessie M. Vallejo (an ethnomusicologist) and Jorge G. F. Moreno Soto (a theoretical astrophysicist) about the how ancient music of the Kichiwa-Otavaleños (Indigenous people from the northern Andes region of South America) connects to galaxy formation. It is a truly fascinating read, and the knowledge that the way Kichiwa music repeats with different timescales in a way which mirrors the pattern with which galaxies are formed is mind-blowing, and shows how important it is to understand and respect ancient cultures which often contain scientific knowledge currently in research today but set in a different framework.
  • 🛸It Is Unethical To Teach Evolution Without Confronting Racism And Sexism
    • The Evolution Institute article by Holly Dunsworth on the importance of critiquing the formulation of evolution as a theory due to its very strong connection to scientific racism, with links to papers about the roots of the study of anthropology and how bad Darwinism and bad evolutionary science is used by white supremacists to justify their racist bile.
  • 🛸I’ve been mistaken for the coffee lady’: experiences of black female academics
    • A Guardian article written by Rachel Hall on the experiences of Black female academics and the appalling racialised gender bias that they have had to put up with, including having misogynoirist jokes made about them in lectures by students they were teaching and being mistaken for janitorial staff or “coffee ladies”.
  • 🛸 Minority ethnic Britons face ‘shocking’ job discrimination
    • A Guardian article written by Haroon Siddique about how the level of racist discrimination that Black and South Asian (particularly Pakistani) people face when applying to jobs in the UK has not changed since the 1960’s, citing a study carried out by the Centre for Social Investigation at Nuffield College which showed that people from these backgrounds had to send out 80% more applications to get a positive response from a white employer.
  • Museums in US still failing with artist diversity, study finds
    • Guardian article detailing the results of a study of US museums and how they are extremely lacking in diversity in their exhibits. In the 10,000 artists records analysed it found that 85% of artists exhibited in major American museums are white while 87% are male. After white men, the largest groups were white women at 10.8%, Asian men at 7.5% and Hispanic men at 2.6%.
  • Nobody takes responsibility for tackling racism at my university. Why?
    • Article by an anonymous academic of colour telling their experiences dealing with the added burden of tackling racism within their institution. They mention how white staff don’t educate themselves on the issue whereas BME staff are chastitsed for raising it.
  • Psuedoarchaeology and the Racism Behind Ancient Aliens
    • A Hyperallergic article written by Sarah E. Bond on how the conspiracy theory that “aliens built the pyramids” is rooted in Western bigotry and racist wilful denial of Black scientific and technological achievements.
  • Racism in the research lab
    • A New York Times article on by Daniel A. Colón Ramos + Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa on how POC accomplishments and progression in academia is often attributed to the fact that they were a “minority hire” rather than being based on their talent.
  • The Scientists of Ancient India  
    • A document from India Culture and Heritage Secondary Course by the The National Institute of Open Schooling on science in ancient India and the achievements during that time made in the fields of maths, science and even Ayurveda (branch of Indian medicine which underpins the foundation of what we’ve come to know as “Western medicine”).
  • Students occupy Goldsmiths in protest of institutional racism
    • Guardian article by Sally Weale about the students protesting against racism at Goldsmiths University after the university failed to respond appropriately to the racism BME students faced during the student elections. They are rightly demanding institution wide strategies to be put in place and for racist abuse to be taken seriously.
  • 🛸Universities must do more for black students, warns watchdog
    • Guardian article by Richard Adams on how Black students and students with mental health difficulties are more likely to have a gap in attainment at university due to neglect.
  • 🛸Universities must listen more closely to their BAME staff and students 
    • Guardian article by Deborah Husbands on the BAME attainment gap at university and the reasons behind it, and how one possible way of tackling it is introducing the Race Equality Charter as a framework for institutions to engage with in order to help improve BAME representation and close the gap.
  • What are your experiences of racism at UK universities?
    • Guardian article asking for people to fill out a form detailing their experiences with racism in the wake of students at Goldsmiths University protesting against the racism they faced in the student wide elections and demanding institution wide strategies to tackle it.
  • 🛸Where are the black scientists, artists and thinkers in university syllabuses?
    • Guardian article by Seun Matiluko on the lack of celebration of the achievements of black people in university curriculums across the board, whether it be in the sciences or humanities, mentioning the Why Is My Curriculum White campaign, founded by students with the aim of improving the diversity within the curriculum itself.
  • Women with Masters Degree’s paid less than men without them in England
    • Article describing the gender and ethnicity pay gap, with results showing that black graduates are paid on average £10K less than their white counterparts.

🎧Audio🎧

  • 🛸Despite decades of pledging to hire more black faculty, most universities didn’t
    • The Hechinger Report article on how faculty of colour – especially black faculty – are underrepresented on most college campuses as well as data showing that despite many colleges pledging to hire more staff of colour numbers have not changed in recent years. The article also highlights some specific example and stories from black academics working in extremely white environments.
  • 🛸The Femmes of Stem Podcast
    • A science education podcast series that highlights the stories of women in STEM throughout history. Founded + hosted by Michelle Barboza-Ramirez, a queer, latinx scientist. Recommended Episode: Decolonising Science 101
  • Why aren’t you a doctor yet? Podcast
    • A podcast hosted by four young scientists of colour who along with many guest speakers discuss anything from science and tech to pop culture.

💻Video💻

  • HeLa Cells
    • TED-Ed video where Robin Bulleri tells the story of Henrietta Lacks, a woman whose DNA led to countless cures, patents, and discoveries. Further information on Henrietta Lacks’ story – including the struggles she faced as a black woman living in America during segregation – can be found on our profile of her here: [HeLa].
  • 🛸Hidden Figures: The Untold Story of the African American Women Who Helped Win the Space Race
    • Trailer for the 2016 movie Hidden Figures which tells the story of how Katherine G. Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe) were instrumental in helping America win the space race despite them having to overcome massive amounts of racalised sexism as black women in America during segregation.
  • 🛸Historic Figures in STEM: Mary Seacole 
    • Extra Credits video on the life Mary Seacole, a mixed race British-Jamaican nurse, hotelier and business woman who risked her life treating the injured during the Crimean war.
  • 🛸The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
    • Trailer for the 2017 movie The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks which tells the story of Henrietta Lacks – a black woman – who’s cells were harvested from her without her permission and have gone on to save countless lives. This movie was adapted from the novel of the same name by HBOFilms. [HeLa]
  • 🛸Science and Islam
    • Three part BBC documentary by Jim Al-Khalili on the history of science in Islam, including how it has impacted the science we use today – with words like Algebra, Algorithm and Alkali all being Arabic in origin.
  • 🛸The Science of Racism
    • AsapSCIENCE video on the physical and mental impacts racism can have as well as ways to combat racism itself.

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Last Updated: 02/07/19