# WAKE FOREST UNIVERSITY

Department of Mathematics & Statistics

### presents

### Dr. Chris Jones

Bill Guthridge Distinguished Professor of Mathematics

Domain Scientist for Mathematics

at the Renaissance Computing Institute

University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

### Thursday, October 22, 2020

11am – 12pm; Virtual Lecture

## “What’s My Place in the Math World?”

We all struggle with “imposter syndrome,” or is it just me? But it is certainly true that people

from minority communities have messages drummed into them that reinforce this fear and

lead to self-fulfilling prophecies of failure in mathematics. The question the mathematics

community needs to address is what we should be doing about this situation. This starts with

answering the question: what is our incentive for doing something about it?

This will not be a traditional mathematics colloquium. I will lead you through some thoughts

I have had that have led me to my current view. This will be done using interactive polling so

you can understand your own feelings on the topic. You may well disagree with my

perspective, but I hope it will give you the opportunity to reflect on your own views that may

be unconsciously framing your reactions to building diversity in the mathematics profession.

sbr@wfu.edu