I am a white Canadian woman. I went to an engineering college in the US the first year they had an enrollment quota for blacks and women. Neither of us had much in the way of role models although there were lots of us in my classroom. They did not talk much to me about their problems. They didn’t have to, I could see it. Later I worked in the US and, not only saw it first hand, but some of them talked to me about their experiences.
It is difficult enough to a women in engineering. I think it must be even more difficult to be black in America. At least, I have never been in danger of being shot.