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Abstract Title: Understanding connections between physics and racial identities through recognition and relational resources
Abstract: While there are programmatic efforts to support representation of students from underrepresented groups, as well as studies on student identity, little has been done to link the two. We work to develop a framework that combines Hazari's (2009) physics identity work and Nasir's (2011) racialized identity work, in order to understand how identity in physics is impacted by cultural and racial identities. In particular we focus on two dimensions of the combined framework: relational resources (from Nasir), which are the relationships that encourage or discourage participation in the field, and recognition (from Hazari), which is the acknowledgement of being a physics student by oneself or others. We operationalize these concepts by analyzing interviews with physicists at the graduate student level and beyond. In this paper, we demonstrate that the constructs of recognition and relational resources overlap through the careful examination of the experiences of two physicists, one who is a black woman and one who is a white man.  Our findings capture key differences in the role that identity plays in the experiences of physicists of different genders and races.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Simone Hyater-Adams
University of Colorado Boulder
440 S 45th st
Boulder, CO 80305
Phone: 6095608945
and Co-Presenter(s)
Claudia Fracchiolla, Kathleen Hinko, Noah Finkelstein