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Embracing Diversity in Mathematics: The Math Beyond Numbers Panel Series

October 4, 2023
By Christopher Plenzich

The inaugural edition of the Math Beyond Numbers panel series: An EDI panel discussion, highlighted the importance of equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) in STEM fields, with a specific focus on Mathematics and Statistics. The event garnered an audience of over 50 individuals both in-person and online, making it a great success. With captivating performances, an engaging keynote speech, a panel discussion, art pieces, refreshments, and even door prizes, the EDI Panel Discussion set an exemplary standard for future Math Beyond The Numbers panel series events.

The event, hosted by Misty Waterfalls, a local drag queen and Concordia University alum, took place on October 4th in Concordia University's 4th Space. Dr. Anthony Bonato, from Toronto Metropolitan University, commenced the event with a thought-provoking keynote speech. This was followed by a lively panel discussion featuring members of Concordia University: Dr. Mélina Mailhot (associate professor), Saeedeh Nasrin Jamali (MSc student), and Samaneh Sami (PhD student), all of whom contributed valuable insights. The event concluded with a networking hour, during which attendees had the opportunity to appreciate math-related art pieces created by Myriam Boucher-Pinard, a Concordia University alum. These art pieces provided a glimpse into the next panel discussion in the series, which will explore the interdisciplinary relationship between mathematics and art.

The success of the Math Beyond Numbers: An EDI Panel Discussion would not have been possible without the contributions of our participants, the audience, and the support from the Dean's Special Initiatives program, which funded a portion of the event. The Department of Mathematics and Statistics extends our gratitude to all those who attended and actively participated, as well as those who provided positive feedback on the event's content and impact. Your perspectives made the discussion insightful and thought-provoking, reinforcing the importance of equity, diversity, and inclusion in STEM fields. We look forward to future events that continue to foster dialogue and promote inclusivity in Mathematics and Statistics.

Missed the event? The entire discussion is available for viewing on YouTube.

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