This page is intended as a collection of advice and ideas for anyone trying to tackle issues of diversity, inclusion, and justice at their institution, especially in the mathematical sciences. Check out below and the menu at the left for all the content.
Also note that my "Presentations" page has slides and activities I have used at conferences and training, some of which are on this topic, so you may find them useful.
I'm always happy to hear of resources you have found useful and that I could add here!
Equity in math mailing list
Our department now has equity in math mailing list and reading group! The goal of this group is to educate ourselves on issues of diversity, inclusion, and equity, especially as they pertain to mathematics and education. During the academic year, we have weekly meetings. We take turns giving a short presentation on a relevant reading of their choice, and we spend the rest of the hour discussing. Over the summer we might host workshops or other activities. To get all the details, please sign up for our mailing list here (you will need to have McGill's VPN or be on campus).
Conversations for the Mathematics Community
This is an online community, sponsored by the Mathematical Association of America (MAA), dedicated to discussing issues of equity, access, justice, identity, and inclusion. Our goal is to give participants tools and strategies for the necessary work of creating meaningful and actionable change in our mathematical communities, specifically regarding issues of equity and inclusion. To achieve this, my collaborator Sara Rezvi and I have developed a series of webinars. Everyone can join the community here (no need to be an MAA member).
Diversity and community-building brainstorming list
If you are looking for a way to think about what your institution could do to help build community and support your underrepresented students, you may find this list helpful. It contains all sorts of things you might try, and it may help you in planning your next move, figuring out what your priorities are, what the low-hanging fruit are, etc.
Note: I am not implying here that if you do some or many or all of the things on this checklist, your department will automatically become more equitable. I do not have any evidence that these things work - they are ideas for you to think about and tinker with. Ultimately, being in open communication with your students is the best, but you will need to build trust first, so starting with a few things from the checklist may help you with that. Once you have built some trust between department members, you can ask them what their needs are, and the checklist can help you brainstorm with that.
Please let me know if there is anything I could add to this list!
You might be interested in this fascinating website, Human in STEM. It is chock-full of stories, resources, and inspiration. The Resources tab in particular is super helpful -- basically what I am trying to do here, but prettier, clearer, and probably more helpful! Check it out.
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