Institute for the Quantitative Study of Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity (QSIDE)

From the AMS Notices: QSIDE is a multi-institutional network of scholars and practitioners. Our vision is inspired by civil rights leaders such as educator and investigative journalist Ida B. Wells, who said that “the way to right wrongs is to shine the light of truth upon them.”

Learn more about QSIDE here.

Fostering Diversity

From the AMS Notices: In this article, we explore what some top-rated pure mathematics graduate programs are doing to make their programs more diverse and inclusive. Most of the information in this article was gleaned from discussions with representatives from Columbia University, Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Princeton University, Stanford University, University of California Berkeley, and University of Chicago.

A Global Approach to the Gender Gap

From the AWM: “After a three-year effort of eleven scientific organizations led by the International Mathematical Union and the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, the report ‘A Global Approach to the Gender Gap in Mathematical, Computing and Natural Sciences’ is available at http://iciam.org/…/files/Gender-Gap-final_report_2-compress… . The website for the Gender Gap in Science Project is at https://gender-gap-in-science.org.

UNC’s Silent Sam Settlement Overturned

From the Chronicle of Higher Education: “A state judge on Wednesday threw out a controversial settlement in which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill would have given the Confederate statue known as Silent Sam to the Sons of Confederate Veterans and paid the group $2.5 million for the monument’s upkeep.” Read more at the link.

Justice Department says Utah State mishandled sexual assault reports

From the Salt Lake Tribune: “Utah State University repeatedly mishandled cases of sexual assault on campus, failing to investigate when it knew about misconduct and, as a result, “rendered additional students vulnerable,” the Department of Justice said Wednesday in a damning report concluding a three-year investigation into the school.” Read more at the link, and see the official DOJ report here.

BHM and Professional Societies

This month both the ASA and SIAM have features with several black statisticians / mathematicians:

  • https://magazine.amstat.org/statisticians-in-history/black-history-month-2020/
  • https://sinews.siam.org/Details-Page/celebrating-black-history-month

The AMS also has a modest feature in its Februay Notices: https://www.ams.org/cgi-bin/notices/amsnotices.pl?thispage=homenav
https://www.ams.org/journals/notices/202002/rnoti-p141.pdf