Moms of Color in Academia – Navigating Grad School
SREB-State Doctoral Scholars Program Webinar Series
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This conversation-oriented panel brought together former SREB-State Doctoral Scholars Program graduates to share their experiences and advice on navigating graduate school and academia as a mom of color. Panelists discussed a variety of topics including how to advocate for resources as a new mom, how to address childcare challenges, resources to seek out within your institution, how to build a supportive network/community, and how to juggle school and life.
Carrie Diaz Eaton, Ph.D., is a mathematical biologist, whose research in complex adaptive systems spans evolution, ecology, and STEM education. Dr. Diaz Eaton earned her BA and MA in Mathematics from the University of Maine and her PhD from the University of Tennessee. She is currently Associate Professor of Digital and Computational Science at Bates College, a small liberal arts college in Maine.
Dr. Diaz Eaton is the chair for the Committee on Minority Participation in Mathematics and serves on the Editorial Board of PRIMUS and CourseSource. As a co-founder and Partnerships Director of the QUBES Virtual Center, she works across professional societies and organizations to support faculty who teach at the interface of quantitative sciences and life sciences. In line with professional philosophies and research in networks for support, Dr. Diaz Eaton founded and leads the SCORE Network for Sustainability Challenges in Open Resources for an Equitable Undergraduate Biology Education. She also led a digital narrative project called Math Mamas which aims to share intersectional stories of motherhood, mathematics, and academia. Dr. Diaz Eaton was a 2018 SACNAS Leadership Institute Fellow and the 2020 recipient of the Society for Mathematical Biology’s John Jungck Prize for Excellence in Education. Dr. Diaz Eaton is also a proud 1st generation Latinx as her father is from Peru. Dr. Diaz Eaton values the complex interplay at the intersection of her identities, professional activism in STEM education, and her research. More about Dr. Diaz Eaton >
Charity T. Gordon, Ph.D., is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Middle and Secondary Education at Georgia State University in Atlanta. Dr. Gordon’s research and scholarship focuses on dialogic teaching, critical pedagogy, literacy education, and urban education. Her work explores how teachers use critical and dialogic pedagogies in urban, public schools. Through her scholarship, she aims to construct knowledge about teaching and learning that promotes educational equity, justice, and praxis. More about Dr Gordon >
Loretta Neal McGregor, Ph.D. is Professor of Psychology and immediate-past president of the Faculty Senate at Arkansas State University, in Jonesboro. She has been a member of the A-State faculty for 15 years and served as chairperson in the Department of Psychology and Counseling for eight years. Dr. McGregor has taught in higher education for 30 years. She received a Bachelor’s of Art degree, in psychology, from Ouachita Baptist University; completed a Master’s of Science in General Experimental Psychology at Emporia State University, in Emporia, Kansas; and earned a Ph.D. in Human Factors Psychology from Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas. Dr. McGregor is a fellow of the SREB-State Doctoral Scholars Program and was the first program recipient from the state of Arkansas.
Dr. McGregor is a member of the Southwestern Psychological Association and the American Psychological Association, where she has served as a member of the Board of Directors for Affairs and in APA’s Division 2: The Society for the Teaching of Psychology. She is the 2020 recipient of Division 2’s Presidential Citation for outstanding service to the division and the discipline of psychology. She is the first person of color to receive the distinguished honor. More about Dr. McGregor >