Dawn A Lott, Delaware State University
Authors: Dawn A Lott
2022 AWM Research Symposium
Blackbird, Fly: The Legacy of Vivienne Malone-Mayes and African-American Women within AWM

Venn Diagrams are useful to depict set theory. These diagrams and mathematical notation are utilized to determine the union and intersection of sets. It has been proven that the intersection of two sets is always contained in and smaller than or equal to each individual set. As we broaden this theory to the presence of underrepresented groups, African-American women are in the intersection of programs, organizations, and movements which are targeted to women OR targeted to people of color. Hence, one’s classification of this intersection can be seen as the elite of the elite or the minority of the minority. This talk addresses ones' mindset in the dichotomy of how African-American women see themselves and are seen in the mathematics community.

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