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Video: Jedidah Isler Becomes The First Black Woman To Earn A PhD From Yale In Astrophysics

Jedidah Isler dreamt of becoming an astrophysicist since she was a young girl, but the odds were against her: At that time, only 18 Black women in the United States had ever earned a PhD in a physics-related discipline. In this personal talk, she shares the story of how she became the first Black woman to earn a PhD in astrophysics from Yale — and her deep belief in the value of diversity to science & other STEM fields.

She says:

“Do not think for one minute that because you are who you are, you cannot be who you imagine yourself to be. Hold fast to those dreams and let them carry you into a world you can’t even imagine.”

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