Mental Health and Wellbeing

Mental Health & Wellbeing: Strategies for Thriving as a Women of Color in STEM
Friday, March 6
2:00 PM
Sassafras Room
Track: Empowerment


Mental health and wellness are crucial to STEM persistence, however, a growing number of reports suggest that a mental health crisis is plaguing STEM fields. This presentation will examine the state of mental health among women of color in STEM and discuss strategies shown to promote wellness.




Kerrie Wilkins-Yel

Kerrie Wilkins-Yel, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Counseling & School Psychology at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Her research interests lie at the intersection of vocational psychology and social justice advocacy as it relates to advancing academic and career development in communities of color, women - particularly women of color in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) - and cross-cultural groups. 

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Francesca Williamson

Francesca Williamson is a doctoral candidate at Indiana University Bloomington in the Curriculum and Instruction and Inquiry Methodology programs, with specializations in Science Education and Qualitatative Inquiry. Her current interests relate to (1) language-use and culture in STEM education contexts and (2) how future faculty and leaders in STEM disciplines develop as effective, equity-oriented educators, mentors, and community-engaged experts.


Blair Baker

Blair Baker is a fourth year doctoral student in the school psychology program at Indiana University Bloomington. She is a McNair fellow whose program of research focuses on the effect of accumulated racialized experiences (Racial Battle Fatigue) on Black students in PK-12 schools. Blair aspires to be an educator and researcher in academia.


Atrayee Mukherjee

Atrayee is a second-year master's student in the counseling psychology program at Indiana University Bloomington. Her research focuses on understanding the factors that influence women and international students’ success in their academic and professional pursuits.