DEI Reading Group

This reading group is a biweekly discussion among graduate students, postdocs, and faculty at Courant to educate ourselves on issues about diversity, equity and inclusion in our community. These are relatively informal discussions that focus on a particular topic in DEI with an accompanying reference (typically a short article, research paper, or video lecture) that is read/watched by participants prior to the meeting. Each meeting, a new volunteer discussion facilitator chooses a topic and accompanying reference(s).

While everyone is encouraged to attend, please note that this is a safe space intended for education about topics in DEI and the sharing of personal experiences, not a space for debate or contentious discussion. Please go through this code of conduct and follow it during meetings; a faculty coordinator will be present at the meetings to ensure an inclusive, safe, and confidential space is maintained.

Meetings are held every other Friday in WWH 1314 from 1PM - 2PM, beginning on 9/23.

The schedule for the upcoming semester is as follows:

Date Topic Reference(s) Discussion Leader(s) Email Address(es)
9/23/22 Gendered effects of parenthood in academia (1) Primary reference
(2) Autobiographical perspective
Olivia Pomerenk
10/7/22 Stereotype Threat (1) Primary reference
(2) Descriptions of phenomena in primary reference
(3) Recommendations to mitigate stereotype threat
Marguerite Brown
10/21/22 The “math is just about the math” fallacy: creating better mathematics through inclusive practices

(1) Primary reference

(2) Primary reference pt. 2

(3) Related relevant article

Luke Peilin
11/4/22 Trans identity and pronouns in academia TBD Mariya Savinov
Aurora Basinski
11/18/22 What does DEI look like at the graduate level? (1) Primary reference Claire Valva
12/2/2022 TBD TBD TBD TBD
12/16/2022 TBD TBD TBD TBD


If you are interested in attending or facilitating a discussion, please contact one of the seminar organizers:

  • Olivia Pomerenk, op554 [at] nyu [dot] edu

  • Mariya Savinov, mas10009 [at] nyu [dot] edu

Faculty facilitators: Shafer Smith, Laure Zanna, Georg Stadler, Esteban Tabak.

Past meeting topics and accompanying references:
  • White mentors in academia, reference linked here
  • Improving underrepresented minority student persistence in STEM, reference linked here
  • Queer identity in math, reference linked here
  • Ableism in math, reference linked here
  • Rehumanizing math, reference linked here
  • Coping methods for doctoral students, reference linked here
  • Racism in mathematics teaching, references linked here and here
  • The evolving status of women in STEM, reference linked here
  • Queer and transgender graduate student experiences, reference linked here

Organizer(s): Olivia Pomerenk, Mariya Savinov