This week’s #WCWinSTEM is Dr. Stephani Page, creator of the #BLACKandSTEM social media community.
As compiled by Chrystelle Vilfranc
Are you familiar with the #BLACKandSTEM social media community? Our lovely #WCWinSTEM Dr. Stephani Page is the creator of #BLACKandSTEM. Page received her BS in Chemical Engineering and an MS in Biology from North Carolina A&T State University. Page recently completed her Ph.D. this year in Biochemistry and Biophysics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Page’s dissertation work involved the studies of microbial signal transduction. She is currently a postdoctoral research associate in pharmacology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Dr. Page’s current research involves elucidating the changes in yeast cells in response to alterations in nutrient availability. The broad interest of the lab involves regulation of G protein signaling. Her current work deals with G protein signaling in the context of nutrient stress and intracellular acidification. She hopes to continue in the field of signaling; however, she wishes to combine that with her interest in cancer research. Page is working on building her background in biochemistry, biophysics, and molecular biology while expanding her knowledge base in systems biology, computational biology and cell biology.
Dr. Page truly enjoys science itself and being apart of the scientific community. While finishing her PhD, she recalls going through a difficult year personally. She found that science fulfilled her in a way that was different from all of her other accomplishments. She says, “Science deeply motivates me to answer my own questions about the way some portion of the universe works.”
Dr. Page describes #BLACKandSTEM as “food for [her] soul.” Community building has been consistent throughout her life. #BLACKandSTEM is a social media community space that exists to connect Black STEM professionals to each other and to various resources and opportunities. Page’s mission was to connect and build community with people who know what it is to be black and love, do and teach STEM.
“The people whom I’ve met, the platform it has become, the types of relationships I have seen from around this space — this has been a powerful and affirming experience for me. ”
Importance of highlighting WOCinSTEM
For many women of color in STEM, our progress has demanded that we navigate through many spaces without guidance, mentoring, representation and companionship of women with whom we are able to identify. Page says, “We are trailblazers whether we choose to be or not.” Highlighting women of color in STEM allows us to connect and achieve companionship. It allows for us to become the representation for women of color who might be trying to navigate through similar paths. It opens doors for mentoring. Most importantly, highlighting women of color helps us to tell the world, “We do not accept the boxes that you have tried to put us in.”
I was especially honored to feature Dr. Page because I have adopted her as one of my virtual mentors. I had the privilege of meeting her at the Think Big Diversity Conference in Baltimore, MD this past August. Thank you Dr. Page for #BlackandSTEM! Thank you for being the community you once longed for to myself and others!
We appreciate you for all that you have and continue to contribute to the #STEM community!
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