AWM Endorsement of the 2017 March for Science
On April 22, 2017, STEM advocates from all over the country will come together in D.C. to join the March for Science in celebration of science. Scientific research impacts so many aspects of our lives. Advances have led to innovative medical solutions, a stronger understanding of our environment, discoveries of new planets beyond our solar system, new job opportunities, and so much more. In recognition of the value of science, the AWM endorses the March for Science and strongly encourages its members to participate in D.C. or in one of the satellite marches across the United States.
AWM’s purpose is to encourage women and girls to study and have active careers in the mathematical sciences, and to promote equal opportunity and the equal treatment of women and girls in mathematical sciences. The March for Science has earned AWM’s endorsement because of their stated core principle of promoting diversity and inclusion in STEM. As a non-partisan organization, AWM encourages discourse among its members--and with the greater mathematics and STEM communities--as we all work towards meaningful actions that support these aims.
The March for Science is an opportunity to express our strong commitment to scientific and mathematical research, education, outreach, and applications. As AWM looks to the future, we recognize the need for strong voices advocating for fundamental issues concerning the sciences. The March for Science is one such opportunity to invite new voices to become involved, and we encourage AWM student chapters to participate.
In issuing this statement, the AWM affirms its support for science education, funding for scientific research, and science based policies.
The National Math Festival (a biennial event, now in its second iteration) coincides with The March for Science. This important event for math enthusiasts will take place in downtown Washington, D.C., with satellite events around the country. The AWM encourages members to support these events nationally. As a program collaborator for the National Math Festival, the AWM is organizing the hands-on-activity “What's the Meaning of Life? Find out..." based on a mathematical game created by John H. Conway. The NMF highlights the many STEM events happening in the D.C.-area around April 22, so check out how you can participate in the many-tiered events that celebrate math and STEM this April!
AWM Reaffirms its Commitment to a Welcoming, Inclusive Environment
It is the policy of the Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) that all participants in AWM activities will enjoy a welcoming environment that is free from all forms of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. As a professional organization, the AWM is committed to fostering an atmosphere that encourages the free expression and exchange of scientific ideas. In pursuit of that ideal, the AWM is committed to the promotion of equality of opportunity and treatment for all AWM members and participants in AWM-sponsored events, regardless of gender, gender identity or expression, race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion or religious belief, age, marital status, sexual orientation, immigration status, disabilities, veteran status, or any other reason not related to scientific merit.
Mathematics in the U.S.A. has in large part flourished because of numerous contacts and collaborations with colleagues around the world. AWM members at all levels of their careers have benefited greatly from these interactions, both here in the U.S. as well as in other countries. Many of our most inspirational mathematicians have immigrated to the U.S. and made this country their home. A testament to the success of the welcoming research environment of U.S. mathematics are the accomplishments of Fields medalist Maryam Mirzakhani, who was born and raised in Iran, earned her Ph.D in the U.S. and is currently a professor at Stanford.
The AWM is committed to sustaining an international mathematical environment and we affirm the importance of policies that ensure open scientific borders. We encourage our community to give our international students and colleagues our fullest support, and we oppose policies that hinder the free flow of ideas by imposing travel bans and suspending visas based on discrimination, harassment, or retaliation.
Ami Radunskaya, AWM President
Kristin Lauter, AWM Past President