AWIS Advocacy in Action

Resources for Women of Color

AWIS has curated these resources to help women negatively impacted by systemic racism.  

AWIS staff are taking specific steps to address systemic racism, educate others, and create a more inclusive association. We realize our members of color, especially Black women, are hurting. Here are some resources to support you.

These resources will continue to be developed. If you have feedback or would like to collaborate with us on these resources, please reach out. We are here for you and we are listening.

Professional Resources and Communities

Beronda Montgomery, PhD is a writer, researcher and scholar who studies plant biology and shares her expertise on the topics of mentoring and leadership for underrepresented groups.  

#BlackandSTEM, a community of #BLACKandSTEM students, professionals, and advocates. Created and maintained by Dr. Stephani Page, Community Engagement Manager of AWIS’ ARC Network. Includes lists of Black researchers by discipline

Hooded: A Black Girl’s Guide to the Ph.D. by Dr. Malika Grayson. (This book comes out in September 2020.) 

#MacScientists is a platform and online community committed to changing the face of STEM and uplifting women of color through blog posts and more.  

ReclaimingSTEM, a science communication workshop for marginalized scientists.  

#ShutdownSTEM is an initiative from a multi-identity, intersectional coalition of STEM professionals and academics taking action to eradicate structural and systemic oppression of Black people at all levels. 

STEMming in Stilettos with Dr. Toshia a podcast about “the most badass minority women in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) today,” hosted by mechanical engineer and motivational speaker Dr. Natoshia Anderson.    

S.T.E.M.ING WHILE BLACK, a web series created by AWIS member Dr. Lataisia Jones 

Texts to Table: Women and Leadership – Michelle Mills Clement invites female leaders to have a conversation about what it means to be a Black woman in today’s America.   

The Research Her – a podcast and platform on “researching our way to well-being” hosted by chemist Dr. Elissia Franklin.

#VanguardSTEM, an online platform and community for women of color in STEM, centered around a web series moderated by astrophysicist Dr. Jedidah Isler. 

WoCinSTEM Virtual Coworking Sessions, a recurring virtual meet-up for those missing the opportunity to “work alone together.”   

Celebrating Success

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Rest and Wellness
Essence Magazine ArticleDear Black Woman: It’s OK If You Need a Day Off From Fighting Racism. Give yourself permission to rest. “After all, you can’t pour from an empty cup.”  

The Nap Ministry was founded in 2016 by Tricia Hersey and is an organization that examines the healing power of rest and collective napping. “Rest is a form of resistance because it disrupts and pushes back against capitalism and white supremacy.” 

Afro Flow Yoga infuses dance movements of the African Diaspora with a meditative yoga sequence and live healing music. “By connecting to our roots, we inspire unity, love, harmony and interconnection to all beings and the earth while striving for social justice and equity.” 

Black Lives Matter Meditation for Healing Racial Trauma: Dr. Candice Nicole offers a free, 17-minute guided meditation to reduce stress and re-center you using mindfulness, affirmation, and metta (loving-kindness). 

Mental Health

If you are looking for mental health support during this time, here are some tools and communities that may be able to help.

  • Black Emotional and Mental Health (BEAM) is a community of advocates, yoga teachers, artists, therapists, lawyers, religious leaders, teachers, psychologists and activists dedicated to removing the barriers that Black people experience getting access to or staying connected with emotional health care and healing.
  • Black Mental Health Alliance is a private nonprofit which educates the community and provides referrals to culturally-relevant clinicians for mental health consultations and treatment.  
  • Soul 2 Soul Sisters is a grassroots, non-profit focused on “Black Womxn-centered education, organizing, leadership development, as well as self and sisterly care and healing.”  
  • Therapists of Color – Locate resources and therapists who can better relate and empathize with you.  
  • The Safe Place is a free, mental health app created by Jasmin Pierre to raise awareness of mental illness in the Black community.
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress as well as crisis resources.

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