Commitment to Diversity and Outreach
I am committed to building a more inclusive mathematics community and providing equal opportunities for students regardless of gender, race, or socioeconomic status. In 2016, I co-founded the free summer day camp, Girls Talk Math, with then Ph.D. candidate Francesca Bernardi. The program expanded to the University of Maryland in 2018. As a leader of the UNC Association for Women in Mathematics Chapter, I obtained NSF funds to create and organize the first AWM Triangle conference for graduate and undergraduate students in North Carolina, developed a mentoring network pairing undergraduate mentees with graduate student mentors, and started a public lecture series, the first of which brought Dr. Moon Duchin from Tufts University to talk about her work using abstract geometry to fight gerrymandering.
I believe the work of the mathematical community is most meaningful when we share our expertise with the communities around us. I have developed outreach activities for the UNC Science Expo, the Art of Cool Expo, and a field trip for local 5th graders, which I organized. I wrote a piece for the Scientific American Observations Blog on the mathematics behind analogue and digital sound, including a discussion of the Fourier Transform and the Shannon Sampling Theorem. I wrote a lesson plan on statistics as part of the Scientific Research and Education Network program. Currently, I am working in partnership with a local teacher to guest teach a lesson on non-Euclidean geometry as part of the IMPACTS program at Morehead Planetarium.