Another wonderful Joint Math Meetings has passed and I was quite busy at this one. I was able to see my friends and colleagues because I helped organize the special session on arithmetic dynamics. I also got to spend some time with new friends from Project NExT by running a special session on Social Justice in the mathematics classroom.
Lily Khadjavi, Karl-Dieter Crisman, and Aditya Adiredja made our session a success. I think one of the big things I learned is that I can work in small ways to start incorporating social justice and service learning in my classroom. For example, Calculus students can tutor at the local high schools in algebra, or I can carefully choose which examples my students can look at in class. As Lily Khadjavi said, the data speaks for itself.
I also learned that I’ve done service learning already in my classroom. Partnering my math for elementary school teachers students with a Hawai’i elementary students as penpals was a service learning project. I learned about the value of student reflection as well as making sure my students met with the community partner.
I still want to create something big in partnership with the community I live in, but for now I can help incorporate social justice into my classroom by choosing good examples.
Some resources I heard about in the panel and Moon Duchin’s talk:
- Forthcoming: Lily Khadjavi and and Gizem Karaali are working on a “volume of classroom modules”— Mathematics and Social Justice: Perspectives and Resources for the College Classroom. I think that is what this one is called, but I didn’t get a chance to write the name, so I had to use googlefu to find it.
- There should be a social justice issue of PRIMUS soon.
- Link to slides and other resources from our session: JMM session
I don’t know how many of you have gotten bored like me and done a google image search of things like professor and mathematician, but it’s results weren’t very surprising for me.
In fact the results have actually improved since the last time I did this search! Last time “professor” had only yielded images of Einstein lookalikes.
It was exciting (and inspiring) to be at MAA Mathfest this past week and get to interact with many mathematicians who don’t fit the stereotype. If I were to be asked what a mathematician looks like, I have no idea what I would draw! Maybe myself, maybe any one of the friends I just made, there are so many people that become mathematicians!
Junior faculty learning math and having fun.
Equally inspiring was the session at Mathfest on the journey of how many of the women mathematicians I admire arrived at where they are. One of my many takeaways from that session was that mentorship matters and that I should learn more about finding mentors for myself and being a good mentor for students that might one day follow in my footsteps.
Programs like EDGE and Math Alliance were instrumental in helping these folks get to where they are today as well as groups like SACNAS. I’m glad to have heard more about some of these groups so that I can share these opportunities with my students and others colleagues who could not make it out to Chicago.
Conferences I’ll be attending in the coming months:
- MathFest July 31-August 4, 2018, Denver, CO.
- AMS Western Sectional March 2019, Honolulu, HI.
Some recent past conferences I attended:
- IAS Women and mathematics program, May 19-25th, 2018, Princeton, NJ.
- SAGE days 94, June 29-July 4, 2018, Zaragoza, Spain.
- Latinx in the Mathematical Sciences Conference March 8-10, 2018 (invited speaker).
- JMM 2018, San Diego, CA.
- Women in Sage: Sage days 90, October 2017, Claremont, CA (organizer).
- WIN 4, August 13-18, 2017,Banff, Alberta.
- MathFest July 2017, Chicago, IL.
- AWM Special Session on Women in Sage Math at the 2017 AWM Research Symposium at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) April 8 -9, 2017
- JMM 2017, Atlanta, GA.
- West Coast Number Theory Conference, Dec 16th-20th.
CV website_2017: my updated CV as of December 2017.
Diversity Statement-2017: my diversity and outreach as of Fall 2017.
Research_Thompson_2017: my updated research statement as of Fall 2017.
teachingstatement_Thompson_2017: my teaching statement as of Fall 2017.