Below I have included details on some highlighted academic service events I have been involved with.
A Seat at the Table: A Dialogue on Diversity and Equity in STEM
In March of 2019 myself and Eric Herschthal organized an event about diversity and equity in STEM as part of the Spring 2019 Dialogue and Discussion Series through the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. This event was sponsored by the Department of Mathematics, The Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and the Department of African American and African Studies at The Ohio State University.
Eric has a PhD in History with a current appointment as a Race and Medicine Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of African American and African Studies. While I am a pure mathematician, I am very passionate about issues related to equity and diversity in mathematics, and so this event was a great idea that lay at the intersection of both our scholarly and professional interests.
The framework for our event was as follows: Part of The Ohio State University's 2020 Vision is to make the university a model of inclusive excellence. But what does this look like in the STEM disciplines across the institution? We aimed to have a dialogue about the barriers that inhibit persistence and success in STEM, particularly among under-represented minority, first-generation, low-income, and female students. Our invited panelists shared their experiences effectively engaging and promoting the success of diverse student populations through inclusive educational practices, extra-curricular activities, and/or policies.
[keynote] Dr. Quinn Capers, Associate Dean of Admissions at The Ohio State University's School of Medicine
Dr. Anne-Marie Nunez, Associate Professor of Higher Education and Student Affairs in the Department of Educational Studies
Dr. Marcela Hernandez, Administrative Director in the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs
Dr. John H. Johnson, Assistant Professor and Academic Program Specialist in the Department of Mathematics
I was a co-organizer for the 12th Annual Sonia Kovalevsky Day hosted by the University of Iowa's Department of Mathematics. Sonia Kovalevsky was a renowned 19th century mathematician, writer, and women's rights activist. I developed a theme and t-shirt design for this event: Math Girls R.O.C.K! High school females, their educators, and parents and/or guardians spent a day on campus learning about different types of math Research, Opportunities they can take advantage of as high school students, different Career paths in mathematics, and general math Knowledge. It took place on Saturday March 4, 2017. Check out the event flyer here.
I was involved with last year's SK Day as a co-organizer of the career panel session. We invited speakers from surrounding academic and professional communities and moderated a discussion about the different ways math can shape your career. In 2011 I volunteered for SK Day at the University of Kentucky where I helped with an origami station, jeopardy game, assisted with lunch, and general set up and take down.
Photos from 2016 and 2017 Sonia Kovalevsky Day
Other Highlighted Academic Service Activities
Field of Dreams Conference Panelist: Fields of Success -- November 2, 2018, St. Louis, MO, The National Alliance for Doctoral Studies in the Mathematical Sciences
Co-organizer for session on flipped instruction at 2019 Joint Mathematics Meetings (details TBA)
Graduate College Orientation: CIRTL Sessions 1 & 2 Panelist "Teaching as a Transferrable Skill for your Career" -- August 16, 2017, University of Iowa
Graduate College Orientation: Panelist for Session with Current Graduate Students -- August 16, 2017, University of Iowa
Iowa STEM Pre-Service: Networking Reception Participant Discussed techniques and experiences teaching in higher education with pre-service teachers -- March 3, 2017, Kirkwood at the University of Iowa
Field of Dreams Conference: Panel Moderator: Doctoral Experiences -- November 6, 2016, St. Louis, MO, The National Alliance for Doctoral Studies in the Mathematical Sciences