Operator Algebras Mentor Network

Solidarity with Ukraine.

The Operator Algebras Mentor Network group wishes to express our support of Ukraine following the unexpected and unprovoked attack and now ongoing war.

– The Czech Academy of Sciences is planning to offer support in the form of fellowships to university students, postdoctoral researchers and scientists working in Ukraine https://www.avcr.cz/…/The-Czech-Academy-of-Sciences…/ 
– There is also the possibility for Ukrainian mathematicians to take advantage of the Neuron program https://www.nfneuron.cz/en. The Institute of Mathematics of the Czech Academy of Sciences has confirmed its institutional support.
– Philipp Schwartz Initiative: https://www.humboldt-foundation.de/en/apply/sponsorship-programmes/philipp-schwartz-initiative
International Online Conference “Current Trends in Abstract and Applied Analysis” that will be held May 12-15, 2022. This is an online analysis conference organized by Ukrainian mathematicians with the aim to support Ukraine and V. N. Karazin Kharkiv National University (which is the alma mater of our colleague Kateryna Tatarko).  As many of you are aware, Kharkiv University has been completely destroyed as a result of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Any other resources may be emailed to oamentornetwork@gmail.com.

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 underrepresented genders in mathematics
  • 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 gendered 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 gendered persons in operator algebras
  • 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 gender in mathematics” as an umbrella term to describe any gender which is underrepresented in the population of mathematicians. Women, while not a gender minority of the world, are indeed a gender minority in mathematics. Alongside with women, this terminology also includes other gender minorities in mathematics. The terminology “underrepresented gender in mathematics” is deliberately vague because gender is a complex topic with many nuances. To clarify further, it includes, but is not limited to, the following gender identities:

  • 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 sex 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.

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