STEM (Science Technology Engineering & Mathematics) Education
University of South Florida
ou may be asking, why is an academic interested in a beauty pageant? That's a fair question. She is not just interested in just any pageant. She's pursuing the Miss Black America, a pageant, a historic organization celebrating its 50th year as the oldest pageant for women of color. This pageant celebrates diversity and the many shapes and colors of beauty found in the Black community. As a black woman, Ashlea wants Miss Black America to be a part of her story. Beauty is not outside of the scope of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields. Ashlea finds beauty in her profession daily and wants to show young women that you can be both. You can be anything you want. You can love STEM, as she does, and value whatever beauty is unique to you.
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