Fatima Azzahra El Azzouzi
The session featured panelists from different backgrounds who discussed the value of women of color in a research group, the challenges they face, and strategies to improve their recruitment and retention in research environments. The panelists shared their own stories about how leading by example and empowering women researchers in STEM fields can increase awareness about the unique perspective they bring. In academia and corporate research environments, the role of the administration in ensuring that female graduate students and faculty feel “comfortable” has been highlighted. Experience shows that when minority women find affinity groups to identify with, and develop strong relationships with mentors, they feel more empowered and perform better.