We are excited to announce the goals of our Fall 2018 Summit on Diversity in Economics. While many have seen our Summit landing page and maybe a few irregular tweets inviting people to come, we'd like to give a bit more information about our plans and goals with the hope that readers will feel connected with the Summit and able to reach out to us with ideas, concerns, or (we hope!) pledges of support.
Important work is being done by CSWEP, CSMGEP, UWE, UMBC, the LGBTQ working group, and others to address specific aspects of underrepresentation in economics. However, up until now, there have been few, if any, efforts to coordinate interventions across a broad group of graduate programs and that is inclusive of many underrepresented groups. This summit will address the need to gather information and experiences of many groups and the intersections of these groups that face discrimination in the field.
The Summit will host up to 100 graduate students and 50 experienced researchers in economics to build tools and networks that support diversity, inclusion, and equity in the field. In terms of attendance, first priority will be given to students and researchers from backgrounds that are currently underrepresented in economics. However, we also plan to include allies in the field who have and will actively support improvements in diversity moving forward. We hope to host representatives from as many institutions as possible so that we can make our approach and subsequent action as robust and inclusive as possible.
Our Summit for Diversity in Economics will bring together graduate students and researchers from a range of institutions to start building networks of young researchers working to improve diversity in the discipline. The goals of the Summit are to:
The Summit will include
Material Output from the Summit will include
how you can help!
At this point, we have raised enough money and stirred up enough enthusiasm that we are confident this Summit will happen and will be awesome. We've heard from well over 100 graduate students interested in attending the Summit representing nearly 50 different institutions. This is phenomenal, since one of our main goals is to bring together a group of economists and students from as many institutions as possible. However, you may have noticed that graduate students can be a bit liquidity constrained. We've heard from around 40 students that need funding support in order to attend the Summit. Please let us know if you are interested in sponsoring a graduate student to come to the Summit! You can reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will provide information on how you can support students to attend.
Please also contact us if you have any thoughts or ideas you'd like to share. We would like to make this Summit as inclusive and constructive as possible and your feedback is important! Email any of the other organizers listed below with thoughts or questions.
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