Students progress from high school to college- from college to the job market- with one comfort. "Once I get into college, no one will ever ask for my SAT scores again."
Well, I'm so sorry to deliver this terrible news (for some of us). You were admitted to the college of your choice (or some college), and perhaps you did fairly well with the curriculum. Congratulations! However, floating in a applicant pool for an entry level position with 50 other candidates with "leadership potential" and a 3.2 GPA is a sticky situation.
In an effort to weed out candidates, companies are attempting to standardized ways to compare their various candidates by requesting (you guessed it) SAT Scores. Standardize testing is still in style. No single measure is dispositive, but many companies ask that each candidate provide them with his/her standardized test scores (GMAT/GRE/SAT, etc.).
So is this truly a bad thing? Besides the pain of inconvenience that many of us do not remember our SAT scores (or mentally blocked them out), this points out several discrepancies in the world of academia.
1) It has been well documented that AFRICAN AMERICANS currently score lower than European Americans on vocabulary, reading, and mathematics tests, as well as on tests that claim to measure scholastic aptitude and intelligence. (source).
2) Perhaps companies recognize that all Institutions of higher learning are not regarded as equal. For example, many HBCU's have the stigma of a less rigorous curriculum no matter what program you completed. Are the SAT/GMAT/GRE leveling the playing field?
What do you think? Should SAT scores be a determining factor in the job hunt for job applicants?
New Series: What Are You Doing With That Degree?
Hi Loves! Just wanted to update you on the new a upcoming series on LIK: What You Doing With That Degree? Career Field Exploration! Each post we'll highlight a different field of study from Biological Sciences to Psychology to Chemical Engineering.
For each field of study, we will be exploring different options for
African Americans had a essential hand in building the infrastructure of the United States of America- as well as it's college and universities. Is it too much to ask for a great experience at these institutions? Rate your PWI experience today! But first let's have a quick history lesson on being #BlackOnCampus .... in the 1800's.
1850: Harvard Medical School accepts its first three black students, one of whom was Martin Delany. But Harvard later rescinds the invitations due to pressure from white students.
1869: Mary Ann Shadd Carey becomes the first black woman student to enroll at Howard University’s law department. She does not graduate until 1884 at the age of 61.
1870: Harvard College graduates its first black student, Richard Theodore Greener, who goes on to a career as an educator and lawyer. After graduating from Harvard, Greener becomes a faculty member at the University of South Carolina. He is the first known black to be hired to the faculty of a flagship state university. He would later become dean of the Howard University School of Law.
1870: James Webster Smith is the first black student admitted to West Point, though he does not graduate. He is court-martialed and expelled. He was commissioned posthumously in 1997.
1874: Patrick Francis Healy, a former slave who passed for white, is named president of Georgetown University, the first black at any predominantly white higher education institution in the United States.
1877: Inman Page, a former slave, is elected student body president at Brown University. He is believed to be the first black to be elected student body president at any of the nation’s highest-ranked and predominantly white universities.
1877: Henry Ossian Flipper, a former slave, becomes the first black man to graduate from West Point. Flipper was subsequently court-martialed and driven out of the Army on trumped-up charges of embezzlement. He was pardoned posthumously in 1999.
1892: Robert Robinson Taylor is the first black to graduate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He spent more than 40 years on the faculty of the Tuskegee Institute and designed most of the campus’ buildings.
BY 1900: More than 2,000 blacks have earned higher education degrees by this time, approximately 390 from white colleges and universities. There are now 78 black colleges and universities in the United States. With the 1900's come Brown v. Board of Education, fraternities and sororities, and chemical engineering degrees. Fast-Forward to 2015... literally 115 years later....
2015: On November 9, 2015, University of Missouri President Tim Wolfe resigned after months of persevering protest against his mishandling of racist incidents.
My next thought questioned whether or not President Wolfe's behavior an anomaly? And for that matter, where are the awesome PWI Presidents that stan for students of color on campus? Every so often, another blunder of racism gains publicity and shapes popular opinion. Meanwhile, we must ask ourselves: What is my PWI experience and does it affect my success?
Does the racial climate on campus affect the graduation rate at PWI? I'm curious. According to the Department of Education Data:
"Of students who entered college in 2005, the most recent data available, 62 percent of whites got a degree within six years, versus 40 percent of blacks and 51 percent of Hispanics"
On a personal note: Just recently, I gave a tour to a prospective student at my own PWI university and shocked myself at the volume of information I could offer concerning my "Black experience" at my Predominately White Institution and just how it can affect his college career. While I had many positive points to make about my university, I also voiced my concerns. Many students of color that have fantastic experiences! Right?
How would the average student of color truly rate his or her institution and Administration? Tell me YOUR PWI experience in the short quiz or the comment section below.
PS: Stay tuned for the Top PWI Universities for students of color January 2016
by Ivanna Page
According to the Federal Aviation Administration, 6.61% percent of pilots are women in the US in 2013. Less than 1% of female aviators are African American Women. How many African American female pilots do you know?
In a society where everyone wants to travel, learn, and explore- Why are African American girls are constantly left behind socially and financially when there are so many freedoms and opportunities to grasp? According to the Society of Women Airline Pilots, there are only 450 women WORLDWIDE that are airline captains. According to the FAA in 2013, 6.61% percent of pilots are women in the US. The SWAP does not even count the number of African American women that are airline captains because there are so few .
What are some specific reasons that girls might think they cannot fly? Maybe its the media, cultural standards, socioeconomic conditions. I think its fear of difficulty that blocks most people from reaching the sky; because the sky is the limit, and they think they can't reach it. Luckily, flying teaches you to have self esteem & confidence.
Travel changes your perceptive and opens doors. Experiences teach us to develop and be less ignorant in a world- even where the media’s messages can oftentimes be misleading and outright false. Perspective is vital in understanding the world we live in. For example, a size 14 girl might believe she is fat and tell herself she needs to work harder to lose weight in America; but if she had the opportunity to travel to Fiji and take in the culture there she would be perceived as healthy, wealthy and fertile. Understanding the world around you is vital to your growth.
What do you learn from flying? Learning to fly teaches communication, consistency and responsibility. Communication is a huge factor in aviation and you must learn to listen before you speak and comprehend before you act. You learn very fast how to take orders and you learn a respect for authority of ATC who will guild and help you get to your destination. You learn to organize your resources, plan for the future, and do it in an organized consistent way. You learn to value that consistency of a checklist and balance critical thinking when life doesn’t go as planned. In the cockpit, there are only two things that can take away your securities; yourself and your plane. The great thing is; as a pilot you control both. In the cockpit, you learn to be a leader; trust yourself and it’s that self-esteem and leadership that could really alter the way young black girls are viewed. Exposure to flight gives girls the opportunity to reach for something greater than the icons around them on BET and VH1. Opportunity in a country where most black girls learn to put a African in front of the American in their names; can mean everything to a young lady growing up to learn herself. If you give a girl an airplane, and teach her how to fly it; you give her the world. Against all odds, still we rise.
Congratualations Ivana Page on your new crown Miss North Nashville USA!
Question: Ivana, when was first flight?
A: My first flight was in 2011, at the Scott Air Force base areo club in Belleville, Illinois. I say in a old Cessna with a older (white) man who was surprisingly the first to tell me, "You've got natural talent kid don't let anyone hold you back." I aspire to finish my CFI rating and open a non for profit to teach minority females how to fly airplanes. The process is definitely not easy but I didn't come for easy, I came to win, to rise, to prosper, to conquer, to survive ..to fly.
Question: Can I wear fake eyelashes and long nails to a restaurant interview?
In any interview for the food service industry, it's important to look fresh, clean and presentable!
Maybe Not. When applied correctly, there's absolutely nothing wrong with wearing nails in the workplace. However, keep them very very short! In the food industry, long nails (especially artificial) have a reputation for being a bed for germs!
"In a study released at the Infectious Disease Society of America meeting in San Francisco, researchers found that artificial and natural nails longer than 3 millimeters beyond the tip of the finger, or the length of a pencil tip, carry more harmful bacteria and yeast under them than short nails." -source
Judge your dress by what the current staff members are wearing. "If the restaurant has a distinctive visual style for its servers, such as a close-fitting black dress, mimic their style as much as possible. Dressing to the style of the restaurant is key. Refrain from wearing inappropriate attire, such as short skirts, revealing blouses, sandals and jeans. Wearing a jacket or sweater and coordinating skirt or slacks is acceptable." -source
Sure! Wear your lashes, if that is what you typically wear doing a normal week. Choose the lashes that are truly the closest to your natural length and a normal thickness. Stay on the conservative side and remember less is more! You don't want the manager worrying that one of your lashes may fall into a customer's plate.
DO you think it's ok to wear fake eyelashes and nails to a restaurant interview? Comment below.
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Women now own 30% of all businesses in the U.S., accounting for some 9.4 million firms. And African American women control 14% of these companies, or an estimated 1.3 million businesses. Let's start your business!
Today, we profile African American Entrepreneur:
Title: Founder, chairman and chief executive of Total Protection Services Carolinas
Phrantceena Halres leads the nation’s first woman- and minority-owned business focused on providing security for nuclear plants and other energy infrastructure. The business employs 325. more about Phrantceena Halres
Pursue your dreams. Here are three upcoming opportunities for you!
ProtoLabs Cool Idea! Award
Get your design prototyped for free
Applications due Oct 31 and Dec 31, 2015
Lemelson-MIT Student Prize
About: Competition open to students who have tested prototypes in food/agriculture, consumer devices, healthcare, and transportation
Graduate winnings- $15K, Undergraduate winnings- $10K
Applications due Oct 13, 2015
Amazon Inventions Tour
Pitch your product idea for a chance at funding, development, and distribution
Register for Atlanta competition happening Sept 25-26 in Atlanta, GA
Encourage your daughter to learn about science and love her natural hair!
The Natural Hair business has been estimated the size of the 2012 market at $684 million, with a projection of $761 million by 2017 by Market research firm Mintel.
This boom in the natural hair industry is nowhere close to a fad. The question is: will your daughter benefit from the boom of the natural hair industry? Will she be a innovator, chemist and engineer OR just a consumer?
Here's a list of 4 science project around the topic of natural hair. Each project can be modified and adjusted to your student's age level.
Hard Water vs. Soft Water
Objective: Discover effects of Hard water/calcium build up on hair
Research Questions: Why does my hair feel hard when I get in the shower? What is hard water? "What makes water hard?" "How does hard water affect our hair?" How does calcium enter the water supply?
Challenge: What is a solution for hard water build up?
Watch this YouTube Naturalista Video on hard water: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZGvOjwh4Mug
T-shirt or Towel Dry?
Objective: Discover which drying method is better for your hair!
Research Questions: How does hair dry? Why are girls using t-shirts to dry our hair! Compare the fibers and materials of a t-shirt vs. a towel. Research why Afro-textured hair and traditional towels may or may not work well.
Challenge: Suggest a product/material that would replace the t-shirt practice.
Watch this YouTube Naturalista Video on t-shirt drying: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZxeWPzTn2QE
Submit a picture or video your student completing any variation of these projects and we will post your media on the site! Submit media to email@example.com!
Objective: Learn your hair porosity and how it affects your hair care
Research Questions: What is porosity? How do you test the porosity of your hair? What are the symptoms of low or high porosity? What is a cuticle? How do you open or close your cuticles?
Challenge: Make a hypothesis about your hair porosity and test it. How does your porosity affect how you take care of your hair?
Watch this YouTube Naturalista Video on hair porosity: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UKfJufkJzj0
Ph Balance of Hair
Objective: Discover effects of imbalanced Ph Levels on natural hair
Research Questions: What is ph balance and why is it important to natural hair? How can the ph of each product change the ph balance of your hair? In your wash regimen, should you start with a lower ph products or higher?
Challenge: Get a Ph Test kit and test the Ph Levels of your shampoo and conditioner! Is it a good practice to use a full product line or mix it up? (same brand Shampoo and Conditioner in order?) Why or Why Not?
Watch this YouTube Naturalista Video on Ph Balance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZDOBHLDe9U
LIK Virtual Science Fair
At Lean In Keisha, we celebrate at least things two things every single day: Testimony and Innovation. If you complete any of these projects, we will celebrate you with a LIK Award and feature you on the home page! Email your name, age city, and a picture/video of you completing the project (or your poster board) We will feature you!
Everyone is welcome to participate!
Have other ideas not listed here? Leave a comment below and we will add it to the list. Parents and Kids alike will learn so much about natural hair care!
1. Watching "Wolf on WallStreet" in your business suit.
2. Realizing all the jobs are in another field and there's nothing here for your major.
3. Researching 20 companies in 2 hours.
As fall semester ramps up, you may be interested in potentially starting up your business, joining an organization, or becoming an engineering intern at Google. In all cases, your reputation will precede you.
Why is personal branding important for college students?
The age old saying about college life is that you have the chance to; "Define who you are and become the person you want to be." In that same perspective, your personal brand should be thought of in that same light.
Self-care refers to regular practices that are meant to maintain and enhance personal physical, emotional, and mental well-being. As a black woman, this idea of self-care is something that I am constantly teaching myself and learning to value. Black women are arguably one of the most marginalized groups of people in our society, so it’s not uncommon for us to compensate for this by overworking, overreaching, overcommitting, and the like. I’d like to challenge the notion that we as black women are only as valuable as our latest project by pushing forth the importance of self-care as a significant part of our life’s experience.
Here are three simple steps that you can follow to jumpstart your self-care journey:
With school gearing up, it’s time to establish a workspace, clear it out, and make it inspiring. The following ideas for doing so are more geared toward creating a workspace at home rather than at school or the office, since we usually have more creative freedom with our home spaces.
1) Clearing space
The most important step to me is having a clutter free desk. I have a storage unit nearby for all my supplies so that they don’t find a home on the precious real estate of my desk. My desk is for whatever I’m currently working on, not storage for tools or work I haven’t done yet.
2) Incorporating plants
Since plants are living things, they do a lot to liven up a workspace. There are many varieties that are also great air purifiers. I usually stick to plants that don’t require much water or specialized care.
3) Bringing in sunlight
My desk is placed near a big window because natural light is the best light. I usually open the blinds because a room flooded in sunlight lifts my mood.
4) Displaying work you feel good about
When I’m feeling doubtful and insecure about the work I’m doing, it helps me to have successful work I’ve done in the past to look at to remind me that I am competent. I have a piece of art I made that I feel really good about displayed above my desk. If your work is not the kind of thing you would hang up on a wall, another option is to keep it in a folder or notebook.
5) Creating a vision board
A vision board is a collection of inspiring images you select and put onto a poster board, corkboard, or other display board. The images represent things you aspire to be and do, no matter how big or small. On mine, I have places I want to travel, people I want to meet, things I want to do, and more. Having that around as I do my work helps me keep the big picture in mind. It’s the ultimate inspiration.
Pinterest is a great place to find more workspace inspiration.
You can check my workspace pin board at https://www.pinterest.com/mellosnelo/workspace/. Happy creating!
So you applied for a position you were perfect for and got no call back, what happened? While it might have been your GPA that turned away the employer, it also might have been something as simple as your name. Today we will examine The Resume Test.
The Resume Test: (in context) The practice of discrimination based on information provided by an applicant's resume implying race/nationality/socio-economic status deeming him or her ineligible for an opportunity.
Believe it or not, discrimination and bias are still alive and well in today's Human Resources offices. With a large influx of candidates, recruiters spend an average of six seconds before they make the initial yes or no pile of candidates' resumes. The first part of your resume recruiters will look at is your name.
For many African American Women, our resumes don't pass the very first part of The Resume Test. The second a recruiter sees the name Shaniqua or Keisha, natural bias reasons that this individual is not a good fit for the company.
If a manager or HR rep does have natural biases against certain groups, he or she will glance at multiple components of your resume.
Which components of your resume is evaluated in The Resume Test?
What is ethically wrong with The Resume Test? The Resume Test is a surviving relative of The grandfather cause and other nuances created to keep black people uncompetitive. The fundamental principle supporting the biases against African American names is based in the belief that African Americans are genetically inferior. Just a few decades ago, black employees were not desired. Literally, business owners did not hire "negroes". Furthermore, labor unions were formed to keep African American men and women from applying for jobs throughout the country.
Who practices the Resume Test? HR has a challenging job of funneling talent into the company. You do not have to necessarily be a racist to discriminate against what you may consider "ghetto names". People who exercise these natural biases (even unconsciously)are the product of a racist society.
Now, the ultimate question is: What will you do?
There's an argument to be made for the black woman who does abbreviate her first name on applications and emails. Many accomplished black business women will tell you to abbreviate your first name if you want to move up.
How many Jewish, Irish, Italian and Eastern European people started their and their descendants' paths to the American Dream by dropping a letter or more from their name so that they would fit in? How many Southerners whose parents named them Jethro include that on their resume? Ya wanna whine or ya wanna eat? - Louis Martin Montgomery · Top Commenter · Georgia Tech
There's also a case to made for those who deem shortening her name as a compromise too great.
"You must remember that slave-names will keep you a slave in the eyes of the civilized world today. You have seen, and recently, that Africa and Asia will not honor you or give you any respect as long as you are called by the white man's name." -Elijah Muhammad
Despite circumstances, black mothers are still naming their children uniquely African American names. And those daughters are still Leaning In.
Whether you choose to shorten your name or not, First lady Michelle Obama encourages you to not shy away from the challenging workplace.
"I want to urge you to actively seek out the most contentious, polarized, gridlocked places you can find,'' Obama said during her commencement address at Ohio liberal-arts school on Monday. "Throughout our history, those have been the places where progress really happens, the places where minds are changed, lives transformed, where our great American story unfolds.'' - First Lady Michelle Obama
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Are you a bright, talented college student or recent graduate with no job prospects? No summer internship? No job waiting after graduation? Keep Reading.
Why don't you have a job in your field already? In today's job market, It's hard to pass the resume test for certain STEM Jobs. For example, If you have a name (like Keisha), you might have to prove yourself with 1-2 years more experience than your peers. Or if you have a degree from an HBCU, you may have to prove that you are just as intelligence as other applicants from other schools. You may have to show your transcript, to everyone- multiple times. This panic causes many to end up at a low level job outside of your field.
(Remember to check out tips on Phone Interviews, What to Wear to an Interview, and setting up Job Alerts)
Solution: Learn to create jobs for yourself. No one is coming to save you. We will be exploring multiple solutions for this problem at Lean In Keisha. Today, we will be exploring one option in our back yards. Everyone wants to work at IBM or GE (me too) but when you really can not find work, you have to be creative.
Solution #1: Consider interning or shadowing a small business, just for a season! Engaging in projects that have great impact on business is a great option. Solid project experience will be a great talking point in your next interview. Become a social media manager for a small business or a continuous improvement engineer. Every organization or system has room for continuous improvement. You have the knowledge and capability to create. Don't just get a part-time job, work at a place where you can engage in continuous improvement projects.
Why bring up Black Owned Businesses? Black Owned Business are a hidden jewel for us. That's Employment! Engaging in self-started projects in your own community is equally beneficial for you as to the community. This is a community where you don't have to worry about the resume test (as much). The A few projects in a smaller business will have great impact!
My very first job was working for a black owned business, here's what I learned: