on May 17, 2016 on 5/17/16

FEA Scholars, identical twins from FL, forge path for women in STEM

“…Every now and then, the twins would look around their classrooms and notice there were no other students like them: no women and no students of color. But it was a study abroad experience — six weeks in Japan — that really made the Witherspoons reflect on issues of diversity in the tech world and beyond.

Shonda remembered how, during her trip, a stranger tugged her hair while visiting an an ancient religious temple. The woman was apparently amazed by the unfamiliar look and texture.

Back in the States, the sisters became ambassadors and recruiters for students of color to participate in study-abroad programs.

“Our perspective was very different from others and I felt it was important to share that perspective,” Shonda said.”

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