Readings and Talks
Here are some readings and talks about DEI that I found particularly interesting (more will come).
The Awesomest 7-year Postdoc
Radhika Nagpal—Professor of Computer Science at Harvard—shares how she survived the tenure-track experience by considering it a "seven-year postdoc." A must-read for anybody considering an academic career, especially if a member of a historically marginalized group.
How to Use Your V.O.I.C.E to Accomplish Your Goals
A TEDxTalk by UM Aerospace alumna Sydney Hamilton (@SeeSydSoar) about her approach to pursuing opportunities and making decisions without being stopped by the fear of failure. A must-listen for all and especially women in STEM.
Guide to Allyship
This is an informative guide about being an ally.
Expectations of Brilliance Underlie Gender Distributions across Academic Disciplines
This article presents the theory that women are underrepresented in fields where scholars believe brilliance is necessary for success because women are stereotyped as not having this quality. The paper suggests that fields that want to increase their diversity should highlight the importance of sustained effort over innate talent.
Productivity, Prominence, and the Effects of Academic Environment
This article presents data showing that the productivity of early-career faculty is determined by where they work rather than where they trained, that is, faculty trained at institutions of different prestige have similar productivity when hired at a particular institution as a result of work environments that facilitate future success.
For a Diverse Faculty, Start with Retention
Kerry Ann Rockquemore—President of the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity—brings up points for reflection for departments who hire diverse faculty but are unable to retain them. She highlights that making current members of underrepresented groups thrive is key to retaining them, which establishes a virtuous cycle.