Our Department acknowledges and opposes the racism and exclusion that has historically been present in mathematics and statistics communities. We seek to undertake self-examination, to educate ourselves, and to work to effect change about the ways in which this historical and current marginalization manifests in our classrooms, policies, recruitment, and research. We will work to build a vibrant community that actively and equitably supports all of its members.
In order to work toward these goals, our Department formed an Antiracism and Social Justice Committee. Activities that the Committee has engaged in so far include:
- Participation in #ShutDownSTEM on June 10, 2020, during which over forty members of our department met to discuss the changes that need to happen. Several working groups were formed to follow up on the ideas from this discussion.
- Organization of a Collaborative Workday for incorporating social justice principles into Mathematics and Statistics curricula, primarily by looking at relevant data sets that could be used in our courses.
- Discussions on reassessing our assessment practices, including consideration of the ways that traditional assessment strategies negatively impact historically excluded groups and possible alternatives.
- Incorporating best practices into our faculty recruitment and hiring policies.
If you would like to get involved in this work, please contact the Committee. The Committee would also like to amplify the following messages posted by Mathematics and Statistics professional organizations.
- From the National Association of Mathematicians (NAM): George Floyd statement. We also note that NAM has a specific mission of “promoting excellence in the mathematical sciences and promoting the mathematical development of all underrepresented minorities”. Our department became an institutional member of NAM in Summer 2020 and has offered free membership to NAM to some of our students.
- From the American Mathematical Society (AMS): Message of Support for and Solidarity with the Black Community and a Statement from its Taskforce from March 2021.
- From the Mathematical Association of America (MAA): A Statement from the MAA Committee on Minority Participation in Mathematics.
- From the American Statistical Association (ASA): Antiracism Taskforce.