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Malika Grayson

"Don't let people's opinion of you, dictate who you become."



Dr. Malika Grayson is a speaker, STEM advocate and engineer based in Virginia. Growing up in Trinidad and Tobago, she left the island at the age of 19 to pursue her education. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Physics, and a master’s degree and doctorate in Mechanical Engineering. She has shared her experiences about being a Black Woman in STEM on a number of platforms including university collaborations, conferences and special events.





This book explores the unexamined experiences of Black women in higher education. From racism, navigating feelings of self-doubt, to confronting microaggressions, Black women face an uphill battle as they earn advanced degrees in majority white institutions and departments. Having a voice means facing retaliation or dismissal, while staying silent becomes a heavy burden all its own.

In Hooded: A Black Girl's Guide to the PhD, Dr. Malika Grayson offers an account of surviving and thriving as a doctoral candidate in STEM. Written for all those who have never seen themselves represented in their chosen career, Hooded provides practical survival strategies, mental health tips, and ideas for creating community and leaving a lasting legacy. With this essential resource, you won't feel quite as alone—and you might even become your own, unexpected hero.


Age: 18-45 years
176 pages
Self Publication Date: September 30, 2020







      Email | info@malikagrayson.com