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Making the ivory tower more inclusive

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Science  15 May 2020:
Vol. 368, Issue 6492, pp. 723
DOI: 10.1126/science.abb4923

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The rapid expansion of interstate highways in the 1950s led to a marked increase in travel by Americans. While White families traveled with ease, African Americans and other marginalized groups had to plan every detail of their trips to avoid "sundown towns" en route to their destinations. Black families relied on an annual publication to navigate the country's hostile terrain, a manual known as the Green-Book. Degrees of Difference is another sort of green book, one that provides advice to women of color in graduate programs about how to survive and thrive while navigating hostile academic environments. In doing so, the book shines a light on the ways that graduate programs are failing these individuals.

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