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ChemConnects Seminar Presented by Malika Jeffries-El of Boston University, "If I knew then what I know now, I probably would have done it anyway."

Jan 12

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Wednesday, January 12, 2022 - 11:30am to 12:30pm


Prof. Malika Jeffries-El, Boston University

Seminar hosted by Prof. Amanda Hargove. Abstract: Abstract Although African Americans make up approximately 13% of the US population, they are severely underrepresented in advanced degrees awarded in STEM disciplines and within the ranks of the faculty at research institutions. Despite the overwhelming statistics, Dr. Jeffries-EL pursued and completed a doctorate degree in chemistry, obtained and academic job, and then tenure in promotion in due course. She was born in Brooklyn, NY where she lived in public housing and attended public school. Although her situation was less than ideal, she always had a passion for science that her parents encouraged her to pursue. In this talk, Dr. Jeffries-EL will discuss what excites her about science, diversity, equity and inclusion issues and potential solutions woven all within the context of her personal experiences. To learn more about Prof. Jeffries-El research, please visit: