The science and technology fields struggle to be welcoming towards women and people of color. I believe it is the responsibility of all those who benefit from systems of power to work to deconstruct them. The lack of diversity in the field is not only unjust, but it is also to the detriment of the field. A diversity of minds brings with it a diversity of ideas. I recognize my own privilege, and how much I have personally benefited from this unjust system. I am dedicated to critically reflecting on my position in this system and working collaboratively to increase equality in science and academia.
I was a founding member of our Department of Applied Mathematics Diversity Committee. Comprised of a mix of faculty, graduate students, and departmental staff, we worked to advance inclusion and diversity in the department and in the field of applied mathematics. We applied for and were selected to receive funding to create a women’s mathematics mentorship program. We forged a new partnership with STEM Upward Bound to provide graduate student instructors for their summer college preparation course for underrepresented minorities.
I also aspire to create an inclusive and welcoming atmosphere in all of my classes. The list of inspiring and influential female and minority mathematicians is vast, and by intentionally calling attention to it, I hope my students from all backgrounds can see a place for themselves in this field.