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Meet the First Black Woman to Chair A Department at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

This is peak #BlackGirlMagic! Dr. Namandje Bumpus is breaking the mold by becoming the first Black woman to serve as a department chair at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, reports Because of Them We Can. With a long road in academia, Bumpus hasn’t always had it easy due to Black scholars receiving lots of criticism, covert and overt forms of racism when pursuing a career in the sciences. Her career at Johns Hopkins began in 2010 where she worked as an assistant professor before ultimately working her way up to associate professor and eventually becoming the school’s first associate dean for institutional and student equity. “It was hard to be as joyful as I should have been because of the emotion that I saw happening in the world. I definitely felt a heaviness,” Bumpus said, according to Because of Them We Can. “What’s happening in the wider world parallels what’s happening in the culture of academic science, not just at Hopkins.” Last month I became the FIRST Black...

Aug 28, 2020