More African-Americans have access to college, but few of them end up earning tech and science degrees.
When Harvard University sophomore Solange Azor decided on a college major, sociology seemed like a natural fit. Her classes on gender and social policy shined a light on things she experienced as a young black woman in America.
“My decision to major in sociology was influenced by a lot of things, but very specifically by my race,” said the New York native. “As a black female, I’ve seen a lot of marginalization.” She has noticed, however, that Harvard’s STEM community seems much less diverse than others on campus. That was not necessarily a deciding factor in where she landed, Azor said in a phone interview, but the sociology community felt much more diverse and welcoming.