Intersectional STEM Network Formation: Longitudinal Peer Support, Anti-Blackness, and Persistence in STEM for Underrepresented Students

Peer networks formed in a rigorous HS STEM summer program were related to persistence in studying STEM in college however were not sufficient to overcome isolation in STEM majors. Latinx students were significantly more likely to report being close to another program alumna. Gender was not significant predictor of persistence in STEM however racial/ethnic identities were, suggesting anti-blackness is a more salient factor in STEM persistence than sexism.

 

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