Keisha Allen was just about to appear before the entire education department at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, to give a talk on her research. Huddled in an office with a faculty mentor, she squeezed in some last-minute practice.
“I want to share two papers that I’ve been working on recently,” Allen said, leaning over her notes.
After she finished, professor Mavis Sanders asked Allen to do it again.
“I don’t think you need this,” Sanders said, snatching the paper from Allen’s hands. “I think you need to just be comfortable with it.”