Concha Gomez, Holy Names University

I am honored to have been nominated for the position of Member-At-Large on the AWM Executive Committee. As a student, and as an educator, I have been increasingly active in efforts to improve mathematics education for all learners, and in particular for students who have been historically excluded from our ranks. I believe very strongly in the need for organizations like the AWM to positively influence the direction of education for the next generation of scientists and scientific leadership. I welcome the challenge to represent the broad diversity of students and researchers on the executive board.

Biographical Information:

Concha Gomez is currently Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Holy Names University in Oakland, CA. She earned her Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of California at Berkeley in 2000 under the direction of Leo Harrington. Before graduate studies, she had transferred to Berkeley from a California community college to complete her undergraduate degree in mathematics and became involved in efforts to increase the number of minority science, engineering, and mathematics students at Berkeley by tutoring and mentoring minority students in local public schools for the Mathematics, Engineering, and Science Achievement (MESA) program. As a graduate student in the 1990s she was a founding member of the Noetherian Ring, a group for women mathematics graduate students at Berkeley, and she served on the Mathematics Opportunity Committee, a departmental committee that identified promising women and minority applicants for the Ph.D. program.

Before coming to Holy Names, Concha was a Program Director for Retention and Equity at the Center for Science and Mathematics Education at San Francisco State University, the Director of the Wisconsin Emerging Scholars program at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and an Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Middlebury College. While at Middlebury, Concha was a project NExT Fellow, and at Wisconsin she served as a Diversity Scholar for the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning. Concha’s current research interests are in undergraduate mathematics education, specifically in the teaching of calculus in multicultural settings.