Session Detail

Transforming Cultural Norms: Mentoring/Networking Groups for Women and Minorities
Special Session
Tuesday, May 24, 2011, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
A growing number of universities, government labs, and other institutions have established scientific networking and peer mentoring groups for early career (undergraduate, graduate student, postdocs, and new faculty) women and minorities. These groups provide a promising channel for addressing retention and other equity issues. The AAS Committee on the Status of Women (in coordination with the AAS Committee on the Status of Minorities) will host a panel discussion of astronomers, physicists, and administrators from funding agencies working to maximize the impact of such groups. The goal of this session is (1) to provide information to the community on how to organize, fund, and ensure their sustainability and institutionalization and (2) to present examples showing how departments have managed to change the climate so that mentoring and networking groups become accepted as the norm. We encourage both junior and senior AAS members to attend and share their experiences and opinions.
Laura Trouille1