AISR and the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America (CSREA) are pleased to welcome Dr. Mia Ong to Brown University for a public, campus-wide lecture on April 4, 2017. Dr. Ong will discuss her scholarship focused on women from historically underrepresented groups in STEM.

1498 Dr. Mia Ong Tuesday, April 04, 2017 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Hillel House (Winnick Chapel, 2nd floor)
80 Brown Street, Providence, RI 02912
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Free and open to the public. Q&A and a reception to follow.

Presentation Title

Experiences of Intersectionality for Women of Color in STEM: Individual and Institutional Strategies for Persistence and Success


Women of color in the United States—women who are African American, Asian American, Latina, Native American, and mixed race/ethnicity—have long been considered valuable sources of talent to fill US workforce needs in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). However, they are an understudied group, and they are severely underrepresented in most STEM disciplines in America. Dr. Ong will discuss her research on intersectionality for women of color, identifying common sources of isolation and microaggressions that contribute to their underrepresentation. She will also describe individual and institutional strategies to increase their participation, retention, and advancement in STEM higher education and careers.

About Dr. Ong

Maria (Mia) Ong, Ph.D., is a Senior Research Scientist and Evaluator at the Technical Education Research Centers, Inc. (TERC), a STEM education research organization in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She is also the Founder and Director of Project SEED (Science and Engineering Equity and Diversity), a social justice collaborative affiliated with The Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles at UCLA in Los Angeles, California. Dr. Ong’s work has appeared in reports to the US Congress and Supreme Court and in journals such as Social Problems and the Harvard Educational Review. She was an invited speaker at the 2016 White House meeting on inclusive education in STEM.

Webpage: https://www.terc.edu/display/Staff/Mia+Ong