Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The Mathematics Department at Iowa State University celebrates diversity of all types to support our mission of teaching, research and learning. We gain a greater understanding of the world through inclusion of a variety of voices. We strive to enable a community of trust and respect among all faculty, staff and students that extends beyond the classroom.

The resources and items below highlight some of this work towards inclusion. If you have any questions regarding any of these programs, please contact Dr. Pablo Raúl Stinga, Director of Diversity at stinga@iastate.edu.

Pablo Raúl Stinga Receives LAS Inclusion Award

Pablo Raul Stinga, Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics was honored with the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Iowa State University Award for Inclusive Excellence. The award recognizes faculty and staff who have advanced the college’s mission of diversity, equity, and inclusion outside of their compensated responsibilities through their teaching, scholarship, service, or campus-community outreach.

Sonia Kovalevsky Mathematics Day

Sonia Kovalevsky was a mathematician at a time when women were generally not allowed to hold professor positions. She became a great researcher as well as one of the first modern European women professors. Her significant work in mathematics and advocacy for women’s rights helped open doors for women in the university system.

In honor of Sonia Kovalevsky, Iowa State University organized a Sonia Kovalevsky Mathematics Day on Saturday, March 30, 2019 where young women in grades 6-12, along with their teachers and parents or guardians, attended a day-long program featuring workshops, interactive talks, small group discussions with female mathematicians, and fun math games.

Midwest Mathematics Inclusion and Diversity Workshop

The Midwest Mathematics Inclusion and Diversity Workshop for Undergraduates (MMIDWU) took place at Iowa State University during the weekend of October 20 – 21, 2018, in an effort to collaborate with faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates in mathematics from regional schools. The workshop accomplished three goals:

  • To bring awareness to and reflect on experiences of underrepresented groups in math through awareness sessions;
  • Invite faculty and students to learn about the programs of the department through panel discussions and immersion during the workshop;
  • To develop mathematical skills by featuring six speakers in two concurrent sessions, each prefaced with graduate student introductory sessions.

For more information about the workshop, please visit the workshop’s web site.

Michael Young Receives $300,000 Grant from NSF Foundation

Assistant Professor Michael Young received a $300,000 grant to design and pilot the Mathematician Affiliates of Color Network, that includes mathematicians of color from U.S. colleges, universities and industry who want to invest time in, share their expertise with, and learn from students of color and their teachers. Mathematicians work with teachers in their local school districts to help them understand university expectations and prepare students for college coursework.

Honoring Women Faculty in Mathematics

The Department of Mathematics added a portrait of Maria Roberts, graduate of Iowa State in 1890 and former mathematics faculty member, to the mathematics reading room. Her portrait commemorates the longstanding history of women in mathematics at Iowa State University — a tradition that continues today.

Mathematicians of Color Alliance (MOCA) Student Organization

MOCA is a student group of minority graduate and undergraduate mathematic students whose goal is recruitment, retention. and mentoring of underrepresented students by creating a presence in the department, on campus, and around the nation.

Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) Student Organization

AWM is organized and operated for educational and scientific purposes to promote an increased knowledge of and greater interest in the mathematical sciences, including pure and applied mathematics, statistics, and their applications. It seeks to create a greater understanding of the contributions of women in the mathematical sciences and also mentor and encourage women and girls as they prepare for careers in the mathematical sciences.

AMS Award for an Exemplary Program or Achievement in a Mathematics

The Department of Mathematics at Iowa State is a recipient of the AMS Award for an Exemplary Program or Achievement in a Mathematics Department, the highest honor awarded by the American Mathematical Society to a math department in North America.

The AMS cited ISU’s math department for excellence in several areas including undergraduate education, diversity efforts, mentoring and teamwork. A $5,000 cash prize was included in the award.