President's Dream Colloquium on Women in Technology: Attracting, Retaining and Promoting Diverse Talent
“Diversity and unity are the two magical words that can make any project succeed.”
–Martine Rothblatt, Founder, chairperson, and CEO, Sirius Satellite Radio
The value of diverse teams is understood but solutions are still needed to ensure the participation of women and other under-represented groups.
However, increasing the participation of these groups in technology fields is a challenging societal problem — it is about changing our culture and how we see gender roles.
This lecture series aims to educate participants on the challenges and solutions that have been identified to improve diversity in hiring, retention, and promotion to leadership roles.
We invite you to join us in “Women in Technology: Attracting, Retaining and Promoting Diverse Talent” to explore strategies for advancing diversity in the technology sector, critically analyze the culture that has supported a foundation of inequality therein, and engage in multidisciplinary dialogue about the value of creating more space for women and other under-represented groups in technology.
Public Lecture Series
Most lectures will take place at SFU's Burnaby campus, with at least one lecture taking place at SFU Vancouver.
The Fall 2017 series will include the following modules:
- Module 1: Diversity 101: The Case for Diversity in Technology
- Module 2: Women in Media & Advertising
- Module 3: Gendered Language
- Module 4: Social Psychological Phenomena
- Module 5: Gender in Research & Product Design
- Module 6: Why Women Are Undervalued As Leaders & Innovators
Confirmed speakers to date:
- September 14: Dr. Maria Klawe, President, Harvey Mudd College (Forbes: How One College President Is Breaking Down Barriers For Women In Tech)
- September 21: Shari Graydon, Founder, Informed Opinions
- October 12: Dr. Steven Spencer, Robert K. and Dale J. Weary Chair in Social Psychology, Ohio State University
- October 26: Dr. Cathy O'Neil, author, Weapons of Math Destruction and mathbabe.org
- November 9: Dr. Danielle Gaucher, Associate Professor, University of Winnipeg
- November 23: Jo Miller, Founder, Be Leaderly, and CEO, Women’s Leadership Coaching, Inc.
SFU graduate students and senior undergraduates (minimum 3.0 GPA and 90 credit hours completed) may apply to register in the graduate course that will take place alongside the colloquium lectures.
Note: Graduate students in the following departments are pre-approved to register and do not need approval from your graduate program chair:
- Engineering Science
- Mechatronic Systems Engineering
- Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies
To apply for admission to the colloquium course, please complete one of the following forms and return it to MBC 1100 by June 15, 2017.
Successful applicants will be notified before course enrollment opens in early July. Applications will be accepted until classes start in September if there is still space in the course.
Undergrad application form
Grad student application form
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