TAPIA 2019 is SOLD OUT! San Diego,CA September 18-21, 2019

2019 Tapia Conference

Overcoming Workplace Challenges: Trials, Tribulations, and Triumphs

Friday, September 20, 2019 — 10:40AM - 11:40AM


Tackling today’s most challenging problems in computing requires diverse perspectives, innovative ideas, and collaboration across all aspects of STEM. However, creating a space for all ideas to be heard, respected, and valued means acknowledging and addressing the implicit & explicit biases and micro-aggressions that members of underrepresented groups face and then taking specific actions for positive growth and change. The goals of this panel are to engage the Tapia community in discussions about the kinds of challenges that exist in our community, discuss strategies for confronting and/or overcoming them in the workplace, how to intervene or support colleagues when micro-agressions are active, and identify what each and every person can do to promote inclusivity & equality in computing. Each of us is accountable for our actions, whether it is our attitudes toward another, what we do to break the cycle when we see it or to have the courage to point it out when it plays out in normal life. If you’re a member of an underrepresented group or an ally, come contribute to a discussion where all voices are heard — let’s create an open discussion on how to build a stronger, equal, and inclusive future!

Panel Moderator:
Melissa Abdelbaky, PhD Student, Rutgers University

Presenters:
Dorian Arnold, Associate Professor, Emory University
Elizabeth Bautista, Manager, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Carissa Holohan, Principal HPC Network Administration Specialist, Argonne National Laboratory
Jennifer Halstead, Teacher, Hemet Unified School District
LaWana Richmond, Organizational Development Manager, University of California, San Diego