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December Brown Bag Lunch: Google’s Diversity Manifesto

BY: Sonali Gera

This was our last Brown Bag Lunch discussion of the Fall Semester, 2017. We invited people to the Physics department to discuss ‘‘Google’s Diversity Manifesto’’ over coffee and donuts. We had a lengthy and detailed discussion with widely varying perspectives over the topic. There was a clear consensus among everyone about how the circulation of such a document in a big corporation like Google undermines the competence of women and lends unreasonable credence to the widely held opinion of women not being skilled enough to participate in STEM fields. STEM fields have very skewed sex ratios that should be improved by encouraging women to take up STEM fields as their career. A document of this kind does more harm than good in trying to improve gender ratios in these fields. The spectrum of opinions was much wider when we brought up the question of fairness of the person being fired for writing such a polarizing opinion about this topic. While some people strongly believed that the act was worthy of being fired from the company, others were of the opinion that resorting to such exclusionary measures can lead to consequences which are opposite to what is desirable in the long run.

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2017 Annual Mixer: It Takes a Village to Advance Women in STEM

BY: Maria Barrios Sazo

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On November 16, GWISE hosted the annual mixer event featuring the talk “It Takes a Village to Advance Women in STEM”. The invited speaker, Prof. Sandra K Masur, works in Ophthalmology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York. In addition to many leadership roles, she served as chair of the Women in Cell Biology Committee of the American Society for Cell Biology.

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