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Speaker: Climate and Diversity Committee, Penn State University
Abstract: NOTE: This event will only be **90 minutes,** despite the end time listed. Policy makers in the US have made it a priority to encourage diversity in higher education, especially in the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and math). It is no surprise, either. Research has shown that students who work in more diverse group settings are influenced by the different perspectives of minority participants and demonstrate enhanced complex thought processes as a result. There is also evidence suggesting that diverse organizations are more productive, better equipped to solve problems, and tend to come up with more innovative solutions. Therefore, developing skills for navigating a diverse environment is crucial to our professional development. After all, mathematicians collaborate. This workshop will be a venue for graduate students to talk about their own experiences and opinions regarding diversity in their own lives. After the discussion, attendants will draft a collective "community contract," which will outline the expectations we have of ourselves and each other. The goal of this contact is to help us create a welcoming environment for everyone, regardless of who they are. In such an environment, graduate students will be better equipped to develop the skills needed to succeed in their future career.
Room Reservation Information
Room Number: 114 McAllister
Time: 3:30pm - 6:30pm