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#BlackInAstro Experiences: Cheyenne Polius

24 Jun 2020, 18:24 UTC
#BlackInAstro Experiences: Cheyenne Polius
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This post is part of our series #BlackInAstro. For our cornerstone post, see here. This week, we will be posting a #BlackInAstro story every day for #BlackInAstroWeek. In this installment, we are publishing a post by Cheyenne Polius, a Masters student at the University of Sheffield in the UK and a co-founder of the St Lucia National Astronomy Association!I am an international student who moved to the UK in 2015 to start my Integrated Masters in Physics and Astrophysics. I knew I was moving to a predominantly white country and an even less diverse city but at the time I was so focused on my dream, I didn’t think of how much the demographic would affect my experience. Out of over 100 students in my first year, I was the only Black woman, and there were only 4 Black men. I found that I struggled to have fulfilling conversations and friendships because I just didn’t connect with a lot of the people I met. Of course, there were non-Black people I got along with, but there have been countless times that I’ve just felt isolated. My academic environment doesnt give me a strong sense of belonging, and I think it ...

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