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Sessions Featuring Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Please note: All sessions are listed in Eastern Daylight Time (EDT = UTC-4:00)


Invited Address

MAA Invited Address

Chris Jett, University of West Georgia

Empowering Black Male Students in Mathematics Contexts: Insights from a Critical Race Scholar

Thursday, August 4, 9:00 a.m. - 9:50 a.m., Salon GH

Black male students’ mathematics experiences have gained traction in the research literature. The majority of this scholarship has employed a critical race theoretical perspective. Moreover, discussions about critical race theory have entered into mainstream discourse, and these debates have implications for mathematics education. In this talk, I will draw upon my critical race praxis to provide an overview of scholarship regarding the plight of Black male students in mathematics contexts. I will also share evidence-based practices and recommendations that seek to positively influence and ultimately empower Black male students in mathematics classrooms.

Panel Session

Creating Systemic Transformation in Higher Education to Achieve Equity

Thursday, August 4, 2:30 p.m. - 3:50 p.m., Salon A

Access to quality mathematics education is a civil rights issue, directly affecting access to future careers. Many mathematics students and faculty face obstacles tied to their social, racial, ethnic, and gender identities. Panelists will lead a discussion about creating systemic transformation of mathematics departments to become places where diverse perspectives are intrinsic to excellence in mathematics.

Deirdre Longacher Smeltzer, Mathematical Association of America

Abbe Herzig, TPSE-Math (Transforming Post-Secondary Education in Mathematics)
Edward Aboufadel, Grand Valley State University
Michael Dorff, TPSE Math and Brigham Young University
Shirley Malcom, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

Panel Session

Building Community and Belonging in Mathematics

Saturday, August 6, 9:00 a.m. - 10:20 a.m., Salon A

Like the authors included in our book, Count Me In: Community and Belonging in Mathematics, panelists to this session will discuss a program or community that has been successful at welcoming women or members of underrepresented groups into mathematics. They will discuss the successes and failures, the joys and pitfalls of building such a community.

Deanna Haunsperger, Carleton College
Della Dumbaugh, University of Richmond

Edray Goins, Pomona College
Deanna Haunsperger, Carleton College
Deirdre Smeltzer, Mathematical Association of America
Erica Winterer, University of Texas at Austin

Invited Address MAA

Invited Address

Karen Marrongelle, National Science Foundation

Teaching Mathematics for the Future: Centering Student Thinking to Diversify STEM

Saturday, August 6, 11:00 a.m. - 11:50 a.m., Salon GH

Research and reports over the past three decades have highlighted the gaps in diversifying the nation’s STEM workforce and the critical need to reach and foster STEM talent. The most recent data from the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics projects that close to four million additional individuals are needed by the year 2030 for the STEM workforce to be representative of the U.S. population and reflect the full diversity of our nation. Mathematics is a critical inflection point on many students’ journeys into, through, and out of STEM. Several decades of research on teaching mathematics have pointed to those characteristics of classrooms that can make a difference in keeping students on their pathways to their STEM goals, and what can deter them. I will set the national context, discuss findings from research on mathematics teaching, and unpack obstacles to implementation and the impacts on students.

Town Hall

Supporting the Advancement of Latinx and Hispanic Mathematicians

Saturday, August 6, 11:00 a.m. - 11:50 a.m., Salon C

This town hall discussion aims to identify ways that professional societies can support Latinx and Hispanic mathematicians at every career stage, from undergraduate students to professors. Small round tables will be used to facilitate discussion, and a summary will be shared with the MAA leadership to create programming and allocate resources with this aim in mind.

Pamela E. Harris, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee and Williams College
Rosaura Uscanga Lomelí, Mercy College
Vanessa Rivera Quiñones, Latinx and Hispanics in the Mathematical Sciences (LATHISMS)

Latinx and Hispanics in the Mathematical Sciences (LATHISMS)