In op-ed, faculty member says support for women of color graduate students is heightened during COVID-19

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Kimberly McKee, associate professor of integrative studies, co-wrote an article in Inside Higher Ed about why more institutional support for women of color who are graduate students is important during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Kimberly McKee and Denise Delgado are co-editors of a book about women of color graduate students.
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In an article published in Inside Higher Ed, a faculty member said institutional support necessary to recruit and retain women of color who are graduate students has become more significant during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kimberly McKee, associate professor of integrative, religious, and intercultural studies, was a co-author of the article, which expands on a book, "Degrees of Difference: Reflections of Women of Color on Graduate School." McKee served as co-editor of the book with Denise Delgado.

McKee and Denise Delgado said the pandemic "makes evident racial health disparities and other system inequities" and affected graduate students two-fold — as students and instructors. 

They shared three ways to offer support, including economic assistance, mentoring networks and "an intentional commitment to departmental inclusivity in the curriculum and the overall graduate program."

Read the article here.