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.
Dr. Sullivan wants young girls to know that engineering is an excellent base degree no matter what field you want to enter. An engineering degree provides greater options because it allows you to understand how things work. A Bachelor’s Degree in engineering is useful for any job from management to design.
Our village school was pretty conservative. For example, we had a mandatory class where boys had to work with tools and build something cool, and girls had to knit, which I personally found useless and unfair.
I feel in love with medicine after reading a book called “Mountains behind Mountains”. This book was about how we need to focus on the marginalized community by giving them access to quality healthcare.
I always thought having your own company required knowing some special formula. I wanted to understand the startup world better and have had meetings so I can get advice from startup founders (most of them being men) about raising money
I am now enrolled in Miami University where my major is information systems and my minor is fashion. I am the head of the Blockchain research and the head of the Information Systems and Analytics Organization at MU.
It was easy to feel like I wasn’t as smart as everyone in the class because it seemed like a lot of people in EECS had been coding out of the womb, while for me it was something I had no experience with. On top of that, coding was not my only interest; I was also on the cheer team throughout college.
I had to learn to speak like an air traffic control pilot and conduct studies. I got to understand how space missions work and would observe scientists and engineers working together to understand what the Mars Rover was going to do every day.
The hardest thing for me has always been the mental barrier of thinking that I’m not smart enough to do anything related to tech. We’re programmed to think that tech is for really smart people, and even though I am seen as a really smart person, I don’t always see myself that way.