JMM Panels

JMM Panel: Effective DEI Efforts in Math Departments, organized by Christine Kelley, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Agnes Beaudry, University of Colorado, Boulder, Ben Braun, University of Kentucky, and Jim Lewis, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Thursday, 8:00–10:00 am. In response to the need for change, many mathematics departments have recently established department committees aimed at improving diversity, equity, and inclusion in their communities/programs. What are effective actions such committees can take? What can individual faculty do to improve their departments, courses, and programs? This panel will give a platform for faculty active in these efforts to share their ideas and insights. For example, panelists may present on explicit work of their diversity committees, inclusive practices in the classroom, and/or support systems for underrepresented groups in undergraduate and graduate programs. The remaining time will be a discussion based on Q&A from participants, and we will also encourage participants to share additional tips about what they have done. This format will allow for more insights from the broad community. We hope that by sharing information across departments, we will impact change more quickly. We strongly encourage mathematicians at all career stages, from undergraduate and graduate students through senior faculty, to attend and participate. Panelists are Rebecca Garcia, Sam Houston State University; Loek Helminck, University of Hawaii; Mike Hill, UCLA; and Julianne Vega, Kennesaw State University.

JMM Panel: International Engagement in Mathematical Sciences Research During the COVID-19 Pandemic, organized by Overtoun Jenda, Auburn University, Paul Horn, University of Denver, and Suzanne Lenhart, University of Tennessee; Thursday, 11:00 am–12:00 pm. Panelists will present their international involvement in mathematical sciences research with a special focus on US-Africa collaborations. Specifically, the panel will discuss the Masamu Program and collaborations based out of the DIMACS Center involving African Initiatives on Biomath and Epidemiological Modeling. The Masamu program, established in 2010, has established a Collaborative Research Network of over 80 senior research faculty from Africa, Asia, Canada, Europe, and US forming three research groups in pure mathematics and four research groups in applied mathematics. Research groups work on problems year-round and meet together with early career faculty, postdocs, and undergraduate and graduate students to immerse in intense group research activities for 10 days each year at the annual Masamu Advanced Study Institute (MASI) and attend the annual Southern Africa Mathematical Sciences Association (SAMSA) conference. The panel will discuss findings from implementing such programs internationally. A special emphasis will be put on challenges (and opportunities!) arising from holding this workshop remotely, as necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to travel restrictions due to the pandemic, the 2020 and 2021 institutes were held remotely. While the inability to meet in person led to challenges in scheduling and cohesion, it also enabled broader participation and led to a successful international colloquium series which has aided in building lasting collaborative bridges between continents. Our discussion will focus on challenges, strategies, and future goals and work. The moderator for this panel is Overtoun Jenda, Auburn University. Panelists are Paul Horn, University of Denver, Suzanne Lenhart, University of Tennessee, and Fred Roberts, Rutgers University.

Joint Committee on Women Panel Discussion, Thursday, 1:00–2:30 pm., organized by Jennifer Schultens, University of California, Davis. For 50 years, the Joint Committee on Women has served as a forum for communication among member organizations to enhance opportunities for women in the mathematical sciences. At this point in time, mathematicians as individuals and member organizations as a whole are confronted with a more urgent call to examine privileges other than male privilege and how privilege impacts the development of mathematical talent. As an umbrella organization with representatives from the American Mathematical Association of Two Year Colleges (AMATYC), American Mathematical Society (AMS), American Statistical Association (ASA), Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM), Institute of Mathematical Statistics (IMS), Mathematical Association of America (MAA), National Association of Mathematics (NAM), National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), and Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) the JCW has recently set up a website to highlight policies and practices of member organizations. This panel will focus on intersectionality, the way in which multiple privileges, or lack thereof, advance or slow an individual's mathematical trajectory. Confirmed panelists include Pamela Harris, Williams College, Shelly Harvey, Rice University, Puttipong Pongtanapaisan, University of Saskatchewan, Joycelyn Wilson, Spelman College, and Robin Wilson, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Nancy Sattler, Terra State Community College and Jennifer Schultens, University of California, Davis will be moderating.

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