Virtual - 1pm to 5pm Eastern Time Each Day
January 24, 2021
January 24, 2021
January 28, 2021
Diversity and CoNECD Paper Submissions
The objective of this qualitative study was to both examine and understand Black women’s educational experiences concerning code-switching while enrolled in their engineering and computing doctoral programs (n=23). Code-switching can be defined as changing or altering how an individual acts or behaves within a particular setting. Utilizing Black Feminist Thought as a theoretical construct to contextualize this study, it was discovered that Black women code-switched because they experienced race and gender bias, encountered negative stereotypes (i.e., the angry Black woman, Black sounding names), as well as a host of other challenges. These reasons were found to lead to anxiety and stress among Black women. To cope with the effects of code-switching, Black female engineers and computer scientists relied on their families and friends for support and mentorship from their advisors to thrive and succeed in their degree programs.
Spencer, B. M., & Artis, S., & Shavers, M. C. (2021, January), To Code-Switch or Not to Code-Switch: The Psychosocial Ramifications of Being a Resilient Black Female Engineering & Computing Doctoral Student Paper presented at 2021 CoNECD, Virtual - 1pm to 5pm Eastern Time Each Day . 10.18260/1-2--36130
ASEE holds the copyright on this document. It may be read by the public free of charge. Authors may archive their work on personal websites or in institutional repositories with the following citation: © 2021 American Society for Engineering Education. Other scholars may excerpt or quote from these materials with the same citation. When excerpting or quoting from Conference Proceedings, authors should, in addition to noting the ASEE copyright, list all the original authors and their institutions and name the host city of the conference. - Last updated April 1, 2015