“It’s this dichotomy of ways of doing things”: Lived experiences of Native faculty in STEM


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Our session is on the lived experiences of Native faculty in STEM. Using a mixed-methods approach with survey data and photo elicitation interviews, we build upon current knowledge by sharing early empirical findings about systemic barriers experienced by Native faculty in STEM and to illuminate supports that enable them to persist in their chosen careers. Findings in our presentation draw from a larger study on Native individuals in STEM higher education and careers called Native STEM Portraits. In our session, we will highlight how Native STEM faculty members’ belief in collectivism and giving back is often counter to the individualism and bureaucracy praised and promoted in the academy. Audience members will also have the opportunity to engage with some of the participants’ photos.

Session Recording

STEMS² Pillars: Aʻo, Makawalu, Moʻolelo, Sense of Place, Advocacy


June 30th, 2022, 10:45am–11:45am HST

Location: Makawalu (Gather.Town)

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    Lisette Torres-Gerald
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    Tiffany Smith
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    Matthew Madison
    University of Georgia
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