Helping girls overcome the fear of Math

I knew I was favorably shifting the math mindsets of my students in Detroit, but I wanted to do more. I wanted to make math accessible and cool for black children on a national scale. I wasn’t exactly sure how to do this, so I began reading academic journals and articles about black children and math to help get the juices flowing.  Once I started researching, I learned just how pervasive the racial and gender gaps are in mathematics/mathematics education/STEM.

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The Emotional Toll of a Stillbirth

WE ARRIVED AT THE DOCTOR’S OFFICE EXPECTING THEM TO TAKE A QUICK CHECK AND SEND US ON OUR WAY. I STILL HAD A BAD FEELING AND HAD YET TO FEEL HER MOVE. THEY TOOK US TO AN EXAM ROOM RIGHT AWAY. THE NURSE ATTEMPTED TO FIND A HEARTBEAT, BUT COULDN’T. SHE LOOKED AT ME WITH TEARS IN HER EYES, AND I KNEW. I KNEW I HAD LOST MY BABY. SHE HUGGED ME WHILE WE ALL CRIED.

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Nitasha Syed