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Appendix E-1


Call for Written Testimony
&
Summary of Programmatic Efforts and Recommendations from Written Testimonies

Conference planners sought to engage organizations and professional societies in discussions about the topics on the conference agenda by inviting organizations and individuals to submit a written testimony addressing issues specific to their discipline and/or organization. The written testimony could cover one or more of the following topics (but was not limited to these suggestions):

•   Data on women of color within the organization or discipline by gender, race/ethnicity, educational level, and employment sector;

•   Challenges or barriers to success that confront women of color in the organization at various stages in their careers from graduate student to working professional;

•   Policies and/or programs implemented by the organization to enhance the participation of women of color and to advance their academic careers;

•   Lessons learned from any policy and/or program efforts and overall policy recommendations to increase the representation and career satisfaction of women of color in their discipline or organization.

The written testimonies were reviewed by the conference planning committee members for content and suitability. It was the responsibility of the organization submitting the testimony to fact-check any statements or data submitted in their written testimony. All of the written testimonies were posted on the conference website, and distributed at the conference. They informed the conference’s discussions and incorporated viewpoints from important stakeholders in these issues.

Based on the written testimonies that were submitted to the conference, the committee summarized and compiled a list of prevailing practices and recommendations from the written testimonies (See Table E-1-1, Table E-1-2, and Table E-1-3).



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Appendix E-1 Call for Written Testimony & Summary of Programmatic Efforts and Recommendations from Written Testimonies Conference planners sought to engage organizations and professional societies in discussions about the topics on the conference agenda by inviting organizations and individuals to submit a written testimony addressing issues specific to their discipline and/or organization. The written testimony could cover one or more of the following topics (but was not limited to these suggestions):  Data on women of color within the organization or discipline by gender, race/ethnicity, educational level, and employment sector;  Challenges or barriers to success that confront women of color in the organization at various stages in their careers from graduate student to working professional;  Policies and/or programs implemented by the organization to enhance the participation of women of color and to advance their academic careers;  Lessons learned from any policy and/or program efforts and overall policy recommendations to increase the representation and career satisfaction of women of color in their discipline or organization. The written testimonies were reviewed by the conference planning committee members for content and suitability. It was the responsibility of the organization submitting the testimony to fact-check any statements or data submitted in their written testimony. All of the written testimonies were posted on the conference website, and distributed at the conference. They informed the conference’s discussions and incorporated viewpoints from important stakeholders in these issues. Based on the written testimonies that were submitted to the conference, the committee summarized and compiled a list of prevailing practices and recommendations from the written testimonies (See Table E-1-1, Table E-1-2, and Table E-1-3). 151

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SEEKING SOLUTIONS Table E-1-1 List of professional societies and federal agencies that submitted written testimony. 1 American Association for the Advancement of Science 2 American Astronomy Society 3 American Chemical Society 4 American Indian Science & Engineering Society1 5 American Institute of Physics 6 American Mathematical Society 7 American Meteorological Society 8 American Physical Society 9 American Political Science Association 10 American Psychological Association 11 American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 12 American Society for Civil Engineering 13 American Society for Engineering Education2 14 American Society for Mechanical Engineering 15 American Society for Microbiology 16 American Sociological Association 17 Association for Women in Mathematics 18 Biomedical Engineering Society 19 Computer Research Association 20 Geological Society of America 21 National Aeronautics and Space Administration 22 National Institutes of Health 23 National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers 24 National Postdoctoral Association 25 National Society of Hispanic Physicists 26 National Society of Black Physicists 27 Rutgers University Women of Color Scholars Initiative 28 Society for Neuroscience 1 This written testimony is based on the author’s personal experience and the faculty composition at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Utah. 2 This written testimony is based on two programs funded by NSF ADVANCE Program at the North Carolina State University. 152

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APPENDIX E WRITTEN TESTIMONIES Table E-1-2 Prevailing practices on women of color from written testimonies.3 Prevailing practices Professional Federal Universities Societies Agencies The establishment of boards and committees (including 24, 3, 7, 8, 9, 21, 22 27 diversity office) within its governance structure to focus 10, 12, 15, 16, on issues of women of color and address their 20, 24, 28 challenges. The creation of professional development programs 9, 10, 12, 16, 22 13, 27 (including mentoring programs). 17, 18, 19, 23, 28 The creation of programs and awards that support 3,6, 8, 10, 16, 22 27 women of color by providing travel funds, scholarships, 18, 24, 26, 28 research grant, etc. The promotion, endorsement, and conduct of surveys 1, 5, 9, 10, 12, 22 and studies to improve the collection and evaluation of 14, 15, 19 data on women of color. The inclusion of “diversity” in the professional societies’ 2, 3, 7, 14, 20, mission, core value and strategies. 23, 24, 28 Programs to help improve institutional climate in 8, 14, 16, 17, 21, 22 4, 13, 27 academia, to initiate, or to sponsor diversity events. 24 The development of partnership among professional 7, 9, 12, 14, 17, societies, with federal agencies, universities and other 23, 25 entities. Engagement students in the pipeline and increase 2, 7, 8, 9, 12, 21 recruitment and retention. 17, 25 Recognition of women of color’s achievement and 8, 10, 17, 18, 22 accomplishments; and encouragement nominations of 19 women of color for awards/memberships. The integration of trainings and networking opportunities 7, 10, 11, 18, into the societies’ meetings. 26 The engagement of women of color in leadership 1, 7 positions. Federal programs to increase recruitment and retention 21, 22 of women and minority workforce. Dissemination of effective practices and successful 24, 25 program experiences 3 The summary is based on information distilled from the written testimonies. It does not include programs or policies that exist but were not mentioned in the written testimonies. 4 Number correlates with organizations listed in Table E-1-1. 153

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SEEKING SOLUTIONS Table E-1-3 Recommendations from written testimonies. Recommendations Professional Federal Universities Societies Agencies To better collect and report data, and to have more funding 1, 2, 7, 8, 10, 21, 22 available for research related to women of color in STEM. 12, 18, 19, 24 To have better and more mentoring (including more 10, 11, 15, 17 22 27 resources for building the mentoring network), and to , 18, 23, 24, provide role models. 28 To build, develop and sustain a community for women of 1, 2, 7, 8, 19, 13, 27 color. 23 To build awareness of the issues related to recruitment, 1, 2, 7, 10, 22 27 retention and advancement of women of color in STEM, 18, 23 and to call for attention on the issues from the entire institution. To focus on the pipeline and attract younger generation to 8, 12, 15, 28 21, 22 major in STEM and pursue a STEM career; to facilitate the critical transitions for students and faculty (e.g., from undergraduate to graduate, from students to professionals). To engage more women of color in leadership positions; to 7, 15, 17, 18, 13 improve self-empowerment; and to recognize women of 26 color's accomplishment and achievement. To develop and improve work-life balance policies in 11, 17, 24, 18 academia (e.g., flexible working hours, supplement to maternity leave). To reward and recognize institutions of individuals that 2, 10, 18 13 support women of color. To engage various stakeholders in the conversation 12, 18 21, 22 (professional societies, industry, government and academia). To identify, highlight, and disseminate model programs and 10, 19, 28 22 best practices for maximizing talent of women of color. To ensure the diversity component of committees, 17, 18 27 conference speaker, and prize nomination. To continue federal funding programs (e.g., NSF 17, 24 ADVANCE program), and to gain financial support for meetings, workshops, travels, etc. Federal agency to establish compliance programs to 26 21 conduct compliance reviews of their grantees. 154