Windows and Mirrors: Latinx Women in Mathematical Biology
Tuesday, June 15 at 09:30am (PDT)Tuesday, June 15 at 05:30pm (BST)Wednesday, June 16 01:30am (KST)
Vanessa Rivera Quinones (Latinxs and Hispanics in the Mathematical Sciences (LATHISMS), Puerto Rico), Alicia Prieto Langarica (Youngstown State University, United States of America)
Accounting for approximately 18% of the United States population, Latinxs and Hispanics are the second-largest racial/ethnic group, with the largest being white non-Hispanics. However, recent data shows that of the 1,960 new PhDs in the mathematical sciences in 2017–2018, 71 were earned by people of Latinx or Hispanic heritage, of which 34 were U.S. citizens—accounting for 3.6% and 1.7%, respectively. Of these 71 PhDs, eight were US Latina or Hispanic women, and six of the Latina or Hispanic women were non-US citizens (this includes U.S. green card holders). This stark underrepresentation begs us to ask: “When was the first time you had an undergraduate or graduate mathematics course with a Latinx or Hispanic professor? When was the first time it was a Latina or Hispanic woman?” This mini-symposium will feature talks by Latinx women whose research reflects the diversity within the areas of mathematical biology. This provides a window to their research and experiences, while also providing a mirror for aspiring mathematical biologists to see themselves reflected in this field.