Diversify NetSci

July 14 & 15, 2022 | Online


Friday, July 15, 2022

All times are Eastern Time (ET)
9:00 - 9:30am
Welcome and Ground Rules

This session will offer an opportunity for participants to get to know one another and establish the ground rules for inclusive and supportive discussions (adapted from the University of Michigan’s Program on Intergroup Relations).

9:30 - 10:00
Strategies for Recruiting and Retaining Diverse Network Scientists

This session will feature a panel of speakers discussing successful programs designed to train and support diverse students, faculty, and/or staff.

10:00 - 10:30
Coffee break
11:00 - 12:30pm
Diversity Showcase

Scientific talks by people of color, women, LGBTQIA+ people, and other underrepresented minorities in Network Science who are on/near the job market. Proposals to present will be solicited on the satellite website.. This session will be broadly advertised and open to anyone on the job market in the upcoming year (not just satellite participants). We will recruit senior network scientists to be audience members and provide constructive criticism.

12:30 - 2:00
Diversity Office Hours

Mentors representing various dimensions of diversity will be available to eat lunch with interested junior scholars. Modeled after the International Communication Association’s Diversity Office Hours.

2:00 - 3:30
Diversify your Syllabus

Based on the “decolonize your syllabus” guidelines by Yvette DeChavez, we will assemble articles, chapters, and books on core Network Science topics written by people of color, women, LGBTQIA+ people, and other underrepresented minorities in Network Science. The list will be broadly circulated after the conference so that other scholars can read, cite, and assign diverse authors.

3:30 - 4:00
Coffee Break

Inspired by Jess Wade’s efforts to increase the representation and recognition of women scientists on online platforms like Wikipedia, we will create, write, and edit new Wikipedia pages for outstanding Network Scientists who are people of color, women, LGBTQIA+ people, or otherwise identify as underrepresented minorities in English and other languages. Participants will break out into Zoom rooms to coordinate writing of new pages. This event will continue overnight with participants forming groups to create and edit pages for Network Scientists and Network Science related topics.

4:00 - 5:00
Satellite Wrap-up

This session will start with an overview of the outcomes from the first two Diversify Netsci satellites from 2019 & 2020, and a brief summary of the ideas presented during this year’s satellite. Following this, we will close out the satellite with a group discussion with participants on actions the Network Science community can take to diversify at all ranks. We will invite various members of the Network Science conference and society leadership to this session, as well as other senior scholars and faculty. A formal review of the ideas generated will be published on the satellite website after the conference so that members of the Network Science community can look to it for ideas on resources and support they and their institutions can offer to the next generation of network scientists.