Black students reflect on imposter syndrome, racial stereotyping in academia

Recent articles from CBC and Nature discuss the challenges that Black students face while navigating academia. CBC highlights the stories of several Black students from McMaster University, who discussed their struggles with imposter syndrome. McMaster student Rebecca Bekele noted that as both a Black student and a woman, it can be difficult to acknowledge her own accomplishments. In an interview with Nature, Kaela S Singleton shared the challenges she faced while completing her PhD, including racial stereotyping and feeling pressure to be excellent all the time. In her comments, Singleton stated that she would like to break the “stereotype of Black resilience […] because it implies that I know how to persevere only through struggle.”

CBC (McMaster) | Nature