Presentations

Interactive workshop on "The definition of a mathematician", at Canadian Undergraduate Mathematics Conference (online), Thursday, August 20, 2020:
In this interactive workshop, participants will reflect on what we think it means to be a mathematician, who is seen or counted as a mathematician, what causes this, and how that affects our communities of learning, teaching and research in mathematics. If you would like to explore those issues, come and find out! Be prepared to discuss some potentially difficult topics.
Workshop: The definition of a mathematician, at McGill University, Thursday, February 13, 2020:
In this interactive workshop, participants will reflect on what we think it means to be a mathematician, who is seen or counted as a mathematician, what causes this, and how that affects our communities of learning, teaching and research in mathematics. If you would like to explore those issues, come and find out! Be prepared to discuss some potentially difficult topics.
Identifying and Managing Microaggressions in the Academic Setting, at Joint Math Meetings in Denver Colorado., Thursday, January 16, 2020:

MAA Workshop at the Joint Math Meetings.
Organized by Semra Kiliç-Bahi, Colby-Sawyer College and Omayra Ortega, Sonoma State University.
Abstract: After a brief literature review and theoretical framing presented by Dr. Rosalie Belanger-Rioux and Dr. Lynn Garrioch, workshop participants will be formed into small groups and presented with short case studies in which microaggressions occur. The small group discussions will be followed by a facilitated large group discussion where groups will share the strategies on how to...

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AWM Moving Towards Action Workshop, at Denver, Colorado, Tuesday, January 14, 2020

The Moving Towards Action workshop is to improve the culture and climate in the mathematical sciences.
When members of the mathematics community are made to feel unwelcome in our profession, the success of mathematics as a whole is put into jeopardy.  This workshop is focused on understanding and creating welcoming environments (providing actionable information and process change plans to mathematics department interested in driving cultural change at their respective institutions) so as to invite more people to enter and persist in STEM...

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Applied Mathematics Education, and "The definition of a mathematician" , at Valencia, Spain, Wednesday, July 17, 2019:

I co-organized a mini-symposium on applied mathematics education as part of ICIAM 2019, the International Congress of Industrial and Applied Mathematics.

My own presentaiton was The definition of "mathematician," and what it means for our communities.  Here is my abstract:


This interactive talk will have participants reflect on what we mathematicians think it means to be a mathematician, and how that affects our mathematics learning, teaching and research communities. We will then practice how to be better active bystanders, that is, how to interact and react...

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Challenging Our Definition of 'Mathematician': A New Approach to Inclusion, at Portland, Oregon, Wednesday, July 11, 2018:

I co-organized a mini-symposium at the SIAM Education conference, ED18. My own presentation was titled "Supporting Mathematics Students and Colleagues: Be An Active Bystander". Here is my abstract (slides are attached):
Many of us have been a witness to a microaggressions, or been on the receiving end of one, this in our departments, conferences and workshops, etc. We may wish we had stepped in at the time, or wish someone had stepped in for us. This talk is about being an "active bystander": what it is, what are the barriers for action, what are the potential benefits and pitfalls for...

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Strategies for Supporting Diversity in Mathematics Departments, at North Carolina State University Math Department, Raleigh, NC, Friday, April 27, 2018:

There are many reasons, moral and practical, why we need to diversify our mathematics departments — and more generally STEM departments and the workforce. But how do we go about it? A good starting point is to realize the various barriers to an inclusive environment. In this talk, a case study will be used to illuminate some of those roadblocks. This will help us think more critically about how those barriers arise, where they arise (teaching and learning, undergraduate life, graduate student admissions and training, faculty hiring and support, etc), why they may be difficult to spot, and...

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Start somewhere, to get where you want to be! Building Community and Supporting Diversity, at San Diego Convention Center, Thursday, January 11, 2018:
This talk was part of the MAA panel at the Joint Math Meetings titled What is a "Math Center" and What Can it do For Your Department?, on Thursday January 11, 2018, 2:35 p.m.-3:55 p.m. You can find my slides attached, and you can find my diversity and community-building checklist on the "Diversity" page of my website! Read more about Start somewhere, to get where you want to be! Building Community and Supporting Diversity
Using Case Studies to Discuss Issues of Diversity and Inclusion, at Pittsburgh, PA, Monday, July 10, 2017:

This talk was part of a series of 4 talks for a minisymposium on diversity I organized at the SIAM Annual Meeting in July 2017. More details and abstracts for all talks can be found here.

The talk was a 30-min diversity training using case studies, to encourage participants to discuss real-life events and to think of how they could intervene, be supportive, or talk to their department members about how to be...

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