Diversity and Inclusion

The 6th Blackwell-Tapia Conference and Award Ceremony in 2008.
The Spring Opportunities for Women in Mathematical Science at University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 2014.
The Workshop for Women in Math Sciences, held in 2016.
The “Statistics in the Criminal Justice System Workshop” at NC Central University in 2018.










SAMSI, from its inception in 2002, has been committed to respect for and support of the values of inclusiveness, diversity, freedom of expression, and respect for all peoples, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, age, national origin, class or disabilities. One of six science and mathematics institutes supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF), SAMSI is committed to engaging and expanding the reach of its current and future programs to encourage and incorporate more women and underrepresented minorities to participate. Together with the other NSF Mathematical Sciences Institutes, SAMSI partners with the Mathematical Sciences Institutes Diversity Initiative (MSIDI) to plan, promote and carry out programs that represent all people in order to grow the fields of statistics, applied mathematics, computer sciences, and mathematical sciences more broadly, for generations to come.

SAMSI directorate diligently work to ensure inclusion of women and underrepresented groups among those who attend SAMSI programs and workshops. Further, the directorate also make sure that representation of women and minorities in SAMSI graduate, undergraduate, and postdoctoral fellow programs is a priority. In addition, SAMSI also includes women and underrepresented groups in organizing committees and leadership level positions within the SAMSI directorate and governing body.

SAMSI hosts or co-sponsors unique events or programs that are focused on women and underrepresented groups. Some recent events SAMSI has supported and/or hosted were:

SAMSI hosted a workshop for underrepresented minority groups on “Statistics in the Criminal Justice System,” on the campus of North Carolina Central University in 2018. It was the first time that SAMSI was able to conduct an event such as this at a Historically Black College or University (HBCU). The opportunity gave SAMSI the ability to expand its reach and help students in underrepresented groups to understand the impact of math in science and how that knowledge could be leveraged to achieve lucrative and successful careers in those fields.

SAMSI also participates in a variety of activities through the Mathematical Sciences Institutes Diversity Initiative (MSIDI):

  • Modern Math Workshop (2014) – Los Angeles, CA
  • Modern Math Workshop (2013) – San Antonio, TX
  • Modern Math Workshop (2010) – Anaheim, CA
  • Modern Math Workshop (2009) – Dallas, TX
  • Conversations with Minority Scientists, MAA Committee on Minority Participation-North American Institutes Informal Gathering (2008) – San Diego, CA

SAMSI incorporates events and initiatives like these into our long-term planning in order to offer an entire portfolio of activities that reach a broad and diverse audience. These include the Modern Math workshop series, the Workshop Celebrating Diversity series, the Minority Professional Development workshop, the Careers for Minorities workshops, the Careers for Women workshops, the Blackwell-Tapia Conferences, and other activities in conjunction with the Association for Women in Mathematics.

SAMSI Diversity and Inclusion Leadership

Leslie McClure is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the Dornsife School of Public Health at Drexel University. She currently serves as the SAMSI Associate Director of Diversity. In this role, Leslie works with universities to research and implement strategies that will identify opportunities for underrepresented groups to participate and contribute to future SAMSI programs, workshops and special events.



SAMSI and MSIDI Events

Date Event Title Location Sponsor
October 10-11, 2018 2018 Modern Math Workshop San Antonio, TX Hosted by SAMSI (pre-conference to SACNAS)
November 9-10, 2018 Blackwell-Tapia Conference Providence, RI Hosted by ICERM

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