International Women's Day - Inspirational talk from Prof Pamela E. Harris

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We are delighted to welcome Professor Pamela E. Harris to give an inspirational talk to celebrate International Women's Day 2021.

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“Choose to Challenge” is the theme of this year’s International Women’s Day. We can, and should, celebrate women's achievements, but we should also choose to call out gender bias and inequality where we find it. Collectively, we can all help create an inclusive world. Taking inspiration from this international theme, the Women’s Staff Network will look at where advocacy can make a difference in creating an inclusive Higher Education workplace.

This year’s speaker will be Pamela E. Harris, an Associate Professor of Mathematics at Williams College in the USA. Her research interests are in algebra and combinatorics, particularly as these subjects relate to the representation theory of Lie algebras. She cohosts the podcast Mathematically Uncensored, co-founded Lathisms: Latinxs and Hispanics in the Mathematical Sciences, and has recently published a book on advocating for BAME students in Mathematics. Pamela has kindly agreed to share with us her inspiring story of coping with change and uncertainty, of student advocacy, and of building a research community.

This event is supported through Faculty of Science knowledge exchange funding as well as funding from HR EDI, and is for University of Sheffield staff only. It will be hosted on Google Meet.

Please let us know on the booking form if you have any specific accessibility requirements that we may be able to accommodate.

Note: You will need to register with your sheffield.ac.uk email address.

For any enquiries please contact: Women-uos@sheffield.ac.uk

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Organiser The University of Sheffield: Women@TUoS NETwork

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Women@TUoS NETwork provides a fantastic platform to support women’s careers at the University of Sheffield. The Network is just one of many positive action activities at the University, but it is perhaps the most visible, dynamic and inclusive initiative that we run, and it is becoming an important vehicle for our University wide Athena SWAN agenda. 


Our key principles are 'Advocacy. Inspiration. Progress’. It is a network run by members, for members, and it is highly consultative. It aims to support women in their career development, providing informal mentoring and networking opportunities, access to a range of role models, a forum for discussion and a unified voice to help raise issues and thus address the career challenges women face. 


The Network’s primary focus has been women academics and researchers, and this focus has helped to give it a clear identity and purpose. However, many events and activities are open to all staff, women and men, and we now have an active group of members who are keen to see  professional services issues included.


Recognising the importance of incorporating the agenda of the Women's Network into the University’s formal governance structure, we worked with colleagues on the development of the Gender Equality Committee as a formal University committee, and successfully secured 30% representation of Women's Network steering group members on that group. This ensures we are in a strategic position to help progress gender equality, and are embedded in the  development of the University's Athena SWAN action plan.

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