SIAM Ethics Committee

From SIAM: “SIAM President Lisa Fauci has formed two ad hoc committees to look at two major issues for SIAM’s future. The first is an ad hoc committee on ethics. This committee was created to address issues related to ethics, including, but not limited to, sexual harassment. The committee’s charge will be to review and recommend policies and procedures stemming from the Societies Consortium on Sexual Harassment. SIAM is a member of the Consortium, along with more than 100 other professional societies. The Consortium will provide research, evidence-based resources, and legal guidance to societies as they adopt policies and procedures to address sexual harassment. The ethics committee will also address policies and procedures for a wide range of ethical issues.”

Truth Values Community

Diverse women sitting in circle enjoying sharing stories in group meeting

One of our colleagues told us about the site for the Truth Values Community. “The mission of the Truth Values Community is to create a profoundly supportive environment for graduate students in STEM through an innovative pairing of science and the arts. The Truth Values Community originated from conversations surrounding Founder Gioia De Cari’s award-winning national-hit play, Truth Values” also known as “One Girl’s Romp through M.I.T.’s Male Math Maze.” Read more about it at the link.

For People Of Color, Succeeding In Academia Is A Political Statement

Here’s another post from the e-Mentoring Network, this time from Melissa Gutierrez Gonzalez.

“[B]efore I left for college, my mom told me: Vas a la escuela para demostrar que los mexicanos no solo están aquí para limpiar casas o servir como mano de obra, y también para demostrar que las mujeres no solo sirven para casarse y tener hijos. [Translation: You go to school to show that Mexicans are not only here to clean houses or serve as labor, and also to show that women not only serve to marry and have children]. I not only went to college to become educated but also carried the weight to act as a catalyst in reshaping racist and sexist stereotypes that permeate both American and Mexican culture.” Read more here.

e-Mentoring Network: Itʼs the little things

Pamela E. Harris writes about micro-agressions and other “little things” that she has experienced in her career.

“Usually “Itʼs the little things” refers to the details that really help make something spectacular. However, for me these words have taken a different meaning recently. It reminds me of little things that I have experienced and which have affected my self identity as a mathematician and made me question my place within the mathematical community. Itʼs the small actions or words or micro aggressions (regardless of intent) that take me out of doing mathematics and bring only selective parts of my identity front and center.” Read more here.

Coming Out Week: SHINE Submissions

From The National Coming Out Week Committee:

In honor of National Coming Out Week, we invite students to participate in our National Coming Out Week showcase SHINE, a performance night dedicated to LGBTQ+ identities.  We encourage students to express themselves in celebration through various art forms including, but not limited to song, spoken word, poetry, and storytelling!

If you are interested in being a part of the structured line-up, please send in a submission! Please see below for guidelines and submission link.   Submissions are due by October 1st.  After the structured line-up, there will be an open mic for audience members to participate as well.


• Performances should last no more than FIVE minutes.
• No usage of alcohol, glass containers, explosives, open flames, or glitter.

Performers are invited to send in their submission by visiting

For more information regarding the event or if you have any questions regarding performances, please reach out to Ciera Durden at

How to Manage Your Mental Illness at Work

Universities are becoming more aware of the mental health of students, faculty, and staff. This article from the New York Times presents “some real-world tips to help you stay happy and healthy at work.” Topics include:

  • The legal protections you have against discrimination
  • The reasonable accommodations you can ask for
  • What you can do when the law isn’t enough