Readings and Talks
Here are some readings and talks about DEI that I found particularly interesting.
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 TED talk by U-M 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 (especially women in STEM).
Who Gets to Innovate?
A TED talk by Prof. Christopher Hernandez about seeking to innovate as a member of a historically marginalized group in STEM. A must-listen for any scientist/engineer from an underrepresented background, as well as from those from privileged backgrounds.
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 are 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.