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Social Media: Flattening Hierarchies for Women and Black, Indigenous, People Of Color (BIPOC) to Enter the Room Where It Happens.

TitleSocial Media: Flattening Hierarchies for Women and Black, Indigenous, People Of Color (BIPOC) to Enter the Room Where It Happens.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2022
AuthorsTitanji BK, Abdul-Mutakabbir JC, Christophers B, Flores L, Marcelin JR, Swartz TH
JournalClin Infect Dis
Volume74
IssueSupplement_3
PaginationS222-S228
Date Published2022 May 15
ISSN1537-6591
KeywordsEthnicity, Female, Gender Identity, Humans, Leadership, Male, Skin Pigmentation, Social Media
Abstract

Social media platforms are widely used to connect people across multiple settings, including country of origin, profession, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, seniority, and training. Groups that have been marginalized or historically excluded from decision-making encounters may lack formal mentors/sponsors because of a lack of representation of women and Black, Indigenous, People Of Color (BIPOC) in senior leadership positions. This can serve as a barrier to professional advancement at all stages of career development. Identifying and connecting with these potential mentors/sponsors outside of one's institutional space can be challenging. For this reason, leveraging social media to develop these professional relationships through flattened hierarchies can allow for professional networking beyond traditional mechanisms. Here we aim to describe how individuals can connect through social media to advance their careers and scientific and clinical expertise, advocate for communities, and provide high-quality communication to the public.

DOI10.1093/cid/ciac047
Alternate JournalClin Infect Dis
PubMed ID35568478
PubMed Central IDPMC9107375
Grant ListT32 GM007739 / GM / NIGMS NIH HHS / United States
T32GM007739 / GM / NIGMS NIH HHS / United States

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