We cannot address what we do not acknowledge
An autoethnography in 2020
In a collaborative autoethnographic process, we three Black female engineering professors explore how our status as junior faculty women of Color and the social-institutional factors in U.S. higher education affected our experiences in the year 2020. Based on experiences as graduate students and later as faculty and leaders, we trace the development of empowering and transforming navigational strategies we utilized to survive and thrive at our respective public U.S. institutions—within the context of social unrest that exploded during the year 2020. We discuss how the cultivation of our collective yet unique perspective and strength can be a valuable resource for women of Color to advance engineering education research agendas and leverage their vital position in the academy. African American female engineering faculty are a rare find among the pool of engineering faculty nationally. To move the field of engineering forward, we must unleash and unshackle the untapped power of the Black female engineering professors.
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