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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

4:00 pm in 245 Altgeld Hall,Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Writing a Diversity Statement

Derek Attig (Director of Career Development, Graduate College, UIUC)

Abstract: Diversity statements are becoming an increasingly common requirement when applying for academic faculty positions, postdoc opportunities, and fellowships . It describes how you will contribute to advancing diversity through your research, teaching, and/or service. Joining us, Dr.Derek Attig, will lead a discussion on the basics of writing a diversity statement.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

4:00 pm in 245 Altgeld Hall,Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Addressing Equity and Inclusion in Mentoring Relationships

Daniel Wong (UIUC, Director, Mentoring and Bridge Programs for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion)

Abstract: This workshop is designed to create opportunities to identify, reflect upon, learn from, and engage with the diverse perspectives. This engagement is critical to forming and maintaining both effective mentoring relationships and promoting vibrant learning environments. Diversity along a range of dimensions offers both challenges and opportunities to any relationship. Participants will consider what is needed to foster an inclusive environment where everyone can pursue the highest academic achievements both because of and in spite of their diverse perspectives. This workshop is targeted at future faculty and work leaders, current faculty, and graduate students who want to get more out of their mentoring relationships.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

4:00 pm in 245 Altgeld Hall,Wednesday, May 2, 2018

“I DO (NOT) Belong: Experiences of Black Women and Girls in Mathematics Education

Dr. Nicole M. Joseph (Vanderbilt University, Assistant Professor Mathematics and Science Education)

Abstract: The experiences of Black women and girls in mathematics is an understudied line of inquiry. We know very little about how they experience mathematics teaching and learning. The aim of this interactive talk is to problematize and interrogate the current circumstances surrounding Black women and girls in mathematics that deny them access, power, participation, and opportunity to develop their mathematics identity.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

4:00 pm in 245 Altgeld Hall,Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Women in Math, widening roads

Moira Chas (Stony Brook University (SUNY))

Abstract: Imagine you grew up in a society where your teachers believed -consciously or not- that one of the features defining your kind of people is not being good at math. Imagine you had a Barbie who said: “Math class is tough. Will we ever have enough clothes? I love shopping.” Now expand your vision so you can see daily occurrences of events like those, imagine those events populating your mind since you were born -- slowly, persistently and insidiously. Imagine that the praises to your beauty are many more than those to your mind. Imagine you are rewarded when you are nice, and punished when you are not… For most of us, it is not hard to imagine such a society, because we grew up in one like that. In this talk, I will reason about different ways of how overcome these obstacles and what can we all do to change our mindsets so more of us can enjoy and apply the wonders of math. Most of this discussion also applies to other underrepresented groups in math. If you are able, please consider staying after the talk for an informal discussion from 5-6pm expanding on the talk, and how topics raised relate and intersect with the experiences of other underrepresented groups in math.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

4:00 pm in 245 Altgeld Hall,Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Stereotype Threat in the Classroom

Vanessa Rivera Quiñones (Illinois Math)

Abstract: Stereotype threat is a phenomenon in which a person’s concern about confirming a negative stereotype can lead that person to underperform. This can affect anyone, depending on the context, but students who identify with groups that are underrepresented in a field or at an institution may be especially vulnerable to its effects. Based on the book, "Whistling Vivaldi" by Claude M. Steele we will discuss what can we do to reduce the potential impact of this “threat” and to create a fair learning environment for all of our students. A limited number of copies are available to borrow. If you'd like to read the book, please contact Vanessa Rivera-Quinones (

Friday, December 7, 2018

4:00 pm in 245 Altgeld Hall,Friday, December 7, 2018

Changing the “Face” of Mathematics

Dr. Candice Price (University of San Diego)

Abstract: African Americans, American Indians/Alaska Natives, and Latinx-- who have historically comprised a minority of the U.S. population-- are growing in size and influence. Currently, while we constitute 30 percent of the U.S. population, by 2050, together we will account for greater than 40 percent of the U.S. population. Yet, these groups are largely underrepresented in the STEM fields---especially mathematics. Lately, there has been a growing discussion around this issue of lack of diversity in science and engineering and its effect on the growth and innovation needed in these disciplines to solve the most complex issues humanity faces. I believe one reason people of color are underrepresented in STEM is that students of color rarely see themselves reflected in the STEM community. My service mission is to support those underrepresented in STEM by creating and supporting programs that increase visibility, amplify the voices of women and people of color in STEM and create networks and community in STEM to provide opportunities to share resources. In this talk, I will describe my path in mathematics through exploration of my involvement in programs that are working towards changing the face of mathematics.