Math SWAGGER

By Alexander Diaz-Lopez, Pamela E. Harris, Vanessa Rivera Quinones, Luis Sordo Vieira, Shelby Wilson, Aris Winger, and Michael Young

In our times of need, we have come together, often behind the scenes, through all mediums and platforms, to make space to discuss the many challenges that we have experienced as underrepresented minorities navigating academic environments within the mathematical sciences. Unfortunately, this work is often unseen, it is personal, and requires long-lasting relationships that are based on mutual trust and a sense of belonging within the mathematical community. Something that can take years to cultivate or even find.

然而,我们都在我们的职业生涯中,我们可以回顾且不犹豫不决,以这种关系作为支持我们填写毕业生学位的关键支持,并帮助我们专业推进。这并不总是在那里。事实上,我们的研究生阶段不仅是形成性,而且它们也充满了不确定性。我们忍不住奇怪:

  1. 我足以这样做吗?
  2. 花时间在我充满热情的事情上是否可以花时间不上学?
  3. W.hy do I feel so alone in graduate school?
  4. 为什么我甚至在做这件事?
  5. 为什么每个人在这个谈话期间点头?!?我不明白这些人说的事情!

These are questions which many graduate students have, but being underrepresented means we face additional burdens, such as working to quiet an everyday voice telling us that we are not there simply because we checked the right boxes, we must avoid a nonsensical self-imposed pressure in which we represent our entire communities. Also, being the only graduate student of color in a graduate program can be or is an incredibly isolating experience and a huge culture shock.

有很多工作要支持的工作要做,以支持不足的学生成功完成他们的研究生课程是两次由美国数学研究所主办的彩色和拉丁克斯数学家网络的数学家网络召开会议的主要讨论。随着研讨会的名字意味着暗示,这些研讨会中的每一个都涉及特定于棕色人和黑人的计划。但是,可以预期,有许多面临的符合众多社区的共同点,整体而言。特别是,需要创造我们可以蓬勃发展的空间和社区,并且专业地成为重复的主题。虽然每个AIM集团独立地头脑风暴课程,旨在为黑人/棕色学生提供生存工具包,我们受到了激励和激励的边缘程序这已成功阐述妇女,因为他们进入和完成20多年的研究生课程,以及所有结果。

Thus we have come together to create and organizeMath SWAGGERS.ummerW.orkshop for.一种chievingGreaG辐射E.追踪R.eadiness, a自由five-week (virtual, due to COVID19, but we hope to be in person in future iterations!) summer program for any underrepresented student who will be enrolled in a mathematical/statistical graduate program in Fall 2020. The goal of the workshop is to provide support, but most of all community, amongst graduate students of color. We hope that students walk out of this as a part of a tiered mentoring network. One where they find community with peers and potential mentors to which they are able to stay connected throughout their careers.

The program will have students and facilitators meet virtually three times per week for 90-minute discussions on predetermined topics centered on the challenges faced by underrepresented students in those programs. We plan to discuss topics such as motivation, which centers the question “Why are you attending a mathematics graduate program?” and how this question is central to success in grad school. We also will not shy away from having difficult conversations, as an example, we will have a session on “Dealing with Whiteness,” where we address the experience that predominant narratives are white narratives, and how we can navigate through such environments while remaining true to ourselves and our identities.

在许多方面,对于来自不足的背景的学生,我们讨论的主题只代表他们将在完成毕业生学位的旅程中面临的挑战的一部分。正是因为这在整个数学招摇编程中,我们的主要努力将会提供与其他学生和教师联系的参与者的空间和机会,以提供建议,支持和安全的地方来实现这些艰难的谈话。我们不仅预期数学播放会用工具装备学生来导航他们的研究生课程并取得成功,但它也将在同行,教师和导师之间的美妙社区开门。

与社区和数学家网络联系的重要性,不能过分强调。拥有这样的网络已经形成了我们自己的数学经历,并在我们每个人中建立了归属感。不幸的是,我们中的许多人都没有觉得我们在我们的职业生涯之后,我们的职业生涯甚至太多,那么社区感觉为时已晚。

Thus it is our hope that by participating in this program each student will be able to transform their graduate experience in a meaningful way and leave the program having started connections that will have profound impacts on their careers, so that they too can be unapologetically themselves in math.

[Applications to participate in Math SWAGGER are due May 22, 2020, and the application can be foundhere。]

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