By Dana Sanchez
Black Americans earn about 7 percent of all doctoral degrees awarded each year, but just 1 percent of those were in mathematics in the last 10 years, according to a New York Times report.
It wasn’t an overt act of racism that prompted Dr. Edray Goins, an African-American mathematician in the prime of his career at Purdue University, to quit his tenured position on the faculty.
The hostilities were subtle and the signs of disrespect unspoken, Dr. Goins told NYT. His department wasn’t inclined to nominate him to the committee that controls hiring. A famous visiting scholar presumed Goins was another professor’s student. A senior colleague asked a question in Dr. Goins’ area of expertise, and the question was directed to someone else.
Black men who pursue advanced degrees do so knowing they will face challenges, but the barriers they described in a six-year study show that race was a greater obstacle than they expected, Phys.org reported.
“These young men faced turbulent times as a result of structural inequalities and a lack of support from faculty and colleagues to weather the storm,” said Brian Burt, lead author and assistant professor in Iowa State University’s School of Education. “Insight from the research Click here to read entire article