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Diversity and Inclusion

The Statistics Department at NC State values and promotes diversity and inclusivity, which are critical to our pursuit of academic excellence. We all benefit from multiple viewpoints, experiences, and perspectives. A diverse environment enables our students, staff and faculty to succeed in today’s competitive global marketplace, and helps us to become truly engaged global citizens.

Each member of the Statistics Department and our visitors enrich our community by contributing unique perspectives and backgrounds. It is expected that every member of our community uses their abilities and talents to make NC State a safe, supportive, and inclusive environment.

Statistics Department Diversity Committee

Mission: Our commitment to diversity is built on our fundamental belief that our community and the Statistics department are better with diverse cultures, perspectives and members. Our mission is to build a Statistics department that is representative of the richly-diverse population of the people of North Carolina, our country and the world and that supports the success of its students, postdocs, staff, researchers and faculty.

Charge:

  • Recruiting diverse faculty, staff, postdocs, researchers and students
    • Serve on and/or provide advice and training for faculty and staff members serving on search and admissions committees in order to highlight diversity goals and ensure inclusive, fair and thorough searches.
  • Mentoring for all members from underrepresented groups for success in our programs
    • Develop a departmental plan or approach to ensure that underrepresented minority (URM) and first generation students, and URM faculty and staff have effective and timely mentoring to navigate the university and department environment. A key goal of the plan will be to go over timelines, expected milestones, and strategies for overcoming potential obstacles and regularly revisiting and revising them.
  • Identifying and addressing barriers to success (e.g., isolation, advising issues) for Department members
    • Publicize department and university processes and resources for addressing barriers and enhancing success (department, Ombuds, Bias Impact Response Team, Office for Institutional Equity and Diversity) and connect department members with appropriate resources.
    • Propose actions such as training for advisors on culturally responsive mentoring, flexible pathways to account for student preparation, resources for enhancing faculty and staff career progression.
    • Systematically monitor and analyze factors affecting recruitment, retention and success of under-represented students, postdocs, researchers, staff and faculty. Coordinate with the Math Alliance Group and academic advisors of URM students.
  • Strengthening the pipeline for the discipline (LSAMP Bridge to the Doctorate, McNair Scholars, SEAS (Data-Enabled Science and Engineering of Atomic Structure project), Math Alliance F-GAP program, ASA’s Diversity Mentoring Program, College programs through Jamila Simpson, Science House outreach)
  • Facilitating development and adoption of departmental diversity plans and sections on diversity in departmental documents, such as strategic plans
  • Providing regular discussion topics and points to faculty, staff and students via faculty meetings, GSA meetings, Stat Club meetings, and email 
  • Suggesting and hosting speakers for the Departmental Seminar Series from a diverse array of backgrounds and/or on topics related to diversity in statistics
  • One member of the Diversity Committee shall serve as a member of the Climate Committee.
  • The Diversity Committee and Climate Committee hold joint meetings at least once per semester. 
  • Both Committees shall contribute to and provide updates to the Statistics Department Diversity and Inclusion website, https://statistics.sciences.ncsu.edu/know-us/diversity-and-inclusion/ 
  • The Diversity Committee and Climate committee shall jointly work on areas that overlap both charges, such as developing inclusive curricula and peer mentoring.

Membership: Donna Barton, Eric Chi, Emily Griffith, Marcia Gumpertz (chair), Brian Reich, Jonathan Stallrich, Shu Yang

Student Representatives: John Hinic (Stat Club rep), Swetha Natarajan (Stat Club rep), Alvin Sheng (GSA rep)

For more information, please contact the Committee Chair, Marcia Gumpertz.

Math Alliance

NC State’s Departments of Mathematics and Statistics are proud to be gold-level members of the Math Alliance. The goal of the Math Alliance is to be sure that every underrepresented or underserved American student with the talent and the ambition has the opportunity to earn a doctoral degree in a mathematical science.

LSAMP Bridge to the Doctorate

The NC State Bridge to the Doctorate (BD) Fellowship Program goal is to increase the quantity of underrepresented students who complete doctoral degrees in all STEM majors (College of Science and College of Engineering) by addressing the factors that affect the pursuit, matriculation and completion of underrepresented students in STEM graduate programs. Fellows will be integrated into the campus community, engage in a suite of academic and research enhancement workshops, build a mentoring network and develop professional development and leadership skills to pursue research careers.

Groups and Listserves

  • Diversity-Mathstat Listserv This listserv provides a forum for discussion and tips for inclusive teaching and mentoring and topics at the intersections of the mathematical sciences and diversity, including announcements for the diversity and inclusion brown bag lunch group and the Statistics and Mathematics reading and discussion group on diversity. We invite everyone to subscribe, contact Seth Sullivant at smsulli2@ncsu.edu.
  • Professional Strategies Working Group. While graduate students receive high-quality research mentoring, professional norms are not generally taught. The Professional Strategies Working Group was established to provide students, particularly women and underrepresented minorities, with mentoring for career success. These groups may face different obstacles than students in the majority. The working group studies decision making and professional behavior, particularly for professional conferences. We also read books on professional development and leadership.
  • Diversity and Inclusion Brown Bag Lunch Group. This is a monthly joint group for graduate students, postdocs and faculty in the statistics and mathematics departments. The meetings are informal, with discussions around inclusive teaching and departmental climate. Meeting times and locations are announced through the Diversity-Mathstat Listserv.

Diversity-Related Activities of Faculty and Staff

  • SEAS Grant:The SEAS traineeship program immerses graduate students in a unique interdisciplinary curricular and research environment in which the trainees are team-mentored by a diverse group of faculty and external industry and national laboratory scientists. This is a collaborative project with North Carolina Central University.
  • DRUMS: The Directed Research for Undergraduates in Mathematics and Statistics program at NC State is funded by the NSF and the NSA.  DRUMS will recruit a talented and diverse group of students from across the country each year to engage in an intensive summer research project under the supervision of NCSU faculty. The overarching goals of the summer research program are to get more undergraduate students with diverse backgrounds interested in graduate degrees in mathematical and statistical sciences and to provide research opportunities that can generate high-quality outputs.  
  • AGEP-NC Grant: The AGEP-NC project, an Alliance of NC A&T State University, UNC Charlotte and NC State, provides a catalyst for departments wishing to build an infrastructure for their doctoral programs and a culture among dissertation advisors that successfully prepares underrepresented minority (URM) dissertation students for faculty careers in the sciences and engineering.
  • Data Scientists in Training:The Data Scientists Training (DST) program at North Carolina State University is a year-long exploration for high school students and educators. Led by Dr. Eric C. Chi and Dr. Ana-Maria Staicu, the program was designed specifically to introduce high school students to potential careers in data science, this exploration program will also feature activities led by Sustainable Horizons Institute to enable students to explore, plan, and navigate their own career pathways.

Family-Friendly Resources

  • The Statistics Department has Modified Duties guidelines allowing faculty to make temporary adjustments to changes to their responsibilities to accommodate family-related events, such as a new child in the family.
  • The Statistics Department has a baby care room, dedicated for mothers of breastfeeding infants, on the 5th floor of SAS Hall.