I Got This: Racial Trauma and Self-Efficacy in Students of Color and Interest in S.T.E.M.


Velencia A

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Dr. Anna K. Lee



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Spring 2019


The United States continues to grapple with the under representation of Black and Latino populations in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workforce. A U.S. News Report (2015) argued the STEM workforce has seen minimal changes since 2001, despite interventions designed to direct more ethnically diverse students in STEM-related careers. Current interventions negate the role of racialization in public school context in shaping self-schemas within the context of math and science learning. Racialization describes how the social construction of race delineates groups from one another and grants privileges and access to resources in favor of whites or European Americans. The impact of self-efficacy is also negated in that students confidence and interest in STEM related fields are impacted by racialization. The goal of this project is to explore how racialization impacted the self-efficacy and participation of Black and Latino students in STEM-related fields and interests.

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