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This study explores the unique experiences of Black women doctoral candidates in computer science and engineering, focusing on their significant underrepresentation and its mental health impact, termed “onlyness.” Through interviews with 32 Black women doctoral students, the research reveals how being the only one in their programs leads to isolation, self-doubt, impostor syndrome, and mental distress. The article emphasizes the need for higher education to support Black women in STEM with intersectional and systemic approaches and highlights their resilience strategies to improve retention in these programs.

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This page is a summary of: Exploring the impact of “onlyness” among Black women doctoral students in computer science and engineering., Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, May 2024, American Psychological Association (APA),
DOI: 10.1037/dhe0000583.
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