inclusion/exclusion roundup of JMM events

A little thing called the Joint Mathematics Meetings is happening in San Diego next week. How little? I got some data from the Public Awareness Office of the AMS , and they are estimating about 6000 attendees, and over 3000 presentations! If you read this blog, you probably care about issues of equity, inclusion, justice, and diversity in the mathematical sciences, so we thought we would help you out with your JMM planning by sifting through the program and selecting the activities that closely fit these descriptions. The PA Office actually did some of this legwork already in their virtual pressroom, so there will be some overlap with the information there, but I thought I would also classify things a bit further and add a few things of interest.

Just to explain my decision process, I went through the full program (starting on Wednesday) and chose either events that were explicitly about equity, inclusion, diversity, and social justice, or events promoted by groups that primarily support underrepresented mathematicians (like the Association for Women in Mathematics and the National Association of Mathematicians). By “events” I mean invited addresses, special sessions, panels, social events, and minicourses. There could potentially be a talk about equity in math education in a flipped math special session, for example, but I didn’t sift through the program that carefully. So if there is something I missed that you think should get some attention and promotion, please share in the comments section below. And hope to see you all at the JMM (where I will be blogging with some very cool people: Kelsey Houston Edwards, Beth Malmskog, Karen Saxe, and Ben Thompson).

Invited Addresses


Special Sessions


Receptions and Social Gatherings

  • Association for Women in Mathematics Reception and Awards Presentation, open to all JMM participants, Wednesday at 9:30 pm after the AMS Gibbs Lecture.  Room 7B, SDCC
  • Annual Spectra Reception for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Mathematicians, Thursday, 6:00-8:00 pm, Catalina, Marriott Marquis.
  • National Association of Mathematicians Banquet, Friday, 6:00–8:40 pm. A cash bar reception will be held at 6:00 pm, and dinner will be served at 6:30 pm. Tickets are US$75 each, including tax and gratuity. The Cox-Talbot Invited Address will be given after the dinner. Marina Ballroom FG, Marriott
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6 Responses to inclusion/exclusion roundup of JMM events

  1. JE Miller says:

    What a great set of events to experience. Thanks so much for broadcasting this.

  2. Sandra Laursen says:

    Awesome list- thanks for doing the homework for us, Adriana !

  3. Ami Radunskaya says:

    Thanks for putting this together, Adriana! It’s heartening that the list is as long as it is.

  4. Rosalie Belanger-Rioux says:

    Thank you so much Adriana for doing this important and very useful work for us, I really appreciate it! I would like to add something to the list:

    What is a “Math Center” and What Can it do For Your Department? Thursday January 11, 2018, 2:35 p.m.-3:55 p.m. Room 1A, Upper Level.

    It looks like the abstract has not been posted yet, but the purpose of the panel (disclosure: I will be a panelist there but am not an organizer, so this is my personal take on the panel) will be to discuss ways in which departments are dedicating personnel and resources to recruitment, support and retention in math, I think primarily at the undergraduate level. I can tell you my presentation will be focused in particular on supporting underrepresented minorities in math, but I’m pretty sure other panelists and the organizers will have interesting things to say on that topic as well.

  5. Tom Hull says:

    In the spirit of this blog, there are the following talks:

    On Wednesday, Jan 10, in the MAA Invited Paper Session on Teaching for Equity and Broader Participation in the Mathematical Sciences (Room 3, Upper Level, San Diego Convention Center)
    there is:
    3:15 p.m. Mathematical Modeling and Inclusivity: tales from teacher collaborators and their classrooms given by Rachel Levy
    4:15 p.m. Experiments in Inclusion: Designing Instruction that Welcomes Students into the Mathematics Community given by Uri Treisman

    On Friday Jan 12, in the MAA Session on Philosophy of Mathematics as Actually Practiced (Room 6D, Upper Level, San Diego Convention Center)
    there is
    10:30 a.m. Does Inclusivity Matter in Mathematical Practice? given by sarah-marie belcastro.

  6. Rosalie Belanger-Rioux says:

    Here’s another one people might be interested in, part of “MAA Session on Philosophy of Mathematics as Actually Practiced” in Room 6D, Upper Level: 10:30 a.m. “Does Inclusivity Matter in Mathematical Practice?” sarah-marie belcastro*, MathILy / Smith College.

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