UW students including sophomore biochemistry major Sumaya Addish researched and wrote BlackPast.org profiles of Black leaders in the sciences, including Calestous Juma, Chester Brown, Theodore K. Lawless, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, William Augustus Hinton, Sekazi Mtingwa, Claire Karekezi, and Vanessa Northington Gamble.
Dr. Tam'ra-Kay Francis, postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Chemistry (pictured above), secured funding from the University of Washington Black Opportunity Fund to develop the BlackPast-PR2ISM Science Communication Internship in 2021. Through the internship, UW students create entries about Black scientists for the BlackPast website while building communication skills. They receive a stipend along with mentorship from Francis and Dr. Quintard Taylor, UW professor emeritus of history.
Sumaya Addish, biochemistry student and BlackPast-PR2ISM Science Communication Intern