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Operator Algebras Mentor Network

Non-Profit Status.

EIN: 87-4271818

The Operator Algebras Mentor Network group has been working behind-the-scenes towards our goal of being able to collect donations in order to eventually host events, organize meetups, and provide travel funding / awards. We have recently established the OAMN as a legal entity and have been granted 501(c)(3) non-profit status in the United States. We have opened up an international bank account, with plans to begin accepting electronic donations of any currency here on our website.

This non-profit status is a designation by the US government and any donations from US-persons made to the OAMN are tax-deductible, although we can receive donations from nearly every currency/country. Please reach out to our email oamentornetwork[at]gmail.com if you are interested in giving a donation.

The impetus for this network came from YMC*A 2018 in Leuven, where it became apparent that several early-career conference participants of underrepresented genders in mathematics lacked mentors who would advocate on their behalf in a situation where clear abuse or harassment by a more senior mathematician had occurred. In most instances, these mathematicians were left with no action being taken within their department. The lack of support and advocacy in such situations has led underrepresented genders in our own mathematical community to leave positions early or suffer until they find another position as to not risk their career’s longevity. Since summer 2018, we have identified goals of the Network that are much less crisis-oriented and are more retention-focused.

Our mission is as follows:

  • Retain operator algebraists who are underrepresented or in minority within mathematics due to gender
  • Provide early-career operator algebraists with a trusted ally in the event of abuse/harassment
  • Provide a source of career advice for mentees outside of their home institutions and to support underrepresented or minority mathematicians in their career
  • Provide nonjudgmental, confidential, solicited advice on work-life balance and career
  • Forge connections between mathematicians and increase the visibility of underrepresented or minority operator algebraists
  • Cooperate with organizations with similar goals
  • Provide a network for people supporting this mission
  • Improve mentorship skills of mathematicians

Since our inception, we have become aware that our community includes a wider palette of gender identities than the binary “man” and “woman”. To explicitly include these gender identities, we have adopted the term “underrepresented or in minority within mathematics due to gender” as an umbrella term. Women, while not a gender minority of the world, are indeed a gender minority in mathematics. Alongside with women, this terminology also includes any person who belongs to a group that is underrepresented or in minority in the population of mathematicians due to gender. It is meant to include anyone who has faced or may face negative bias due to gender identity or expression. The terminology is deliberately vague because gender is a complex topic with many nuances. To clarify further, it includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Cis-woman: A person who identifies as a woman and whose assigned gender at birth is woman.
  • Transgender: An umbrella term for anyone who identifies as a gender different than the gender they were assigned at birth.
  • Nonbinary: A person whose identity does not fit into the gender binary. This can be used both as an umbrella term and as an individual gender identity.