Mobilizing the Power of Diversity: Celebrating 25 Years of EDGE

Celebrate EDGE’s 25 years of impact!

Mobilizing the Power of Diversity was a conference held at Bryn Mawr College on the occasion of the 25th Anniversary of the EDGE Program. The conference was held October 13-14, 2023.

This conference convened community leaders to assess the gains made by diversity initiatives, how those gains fuel innovation and creativity, and the ongoing challenges that remain.

We are grateful to all who contributed to the conference’s success! To see images from the conference, check out this gallery. The conference webpage is archived below.

We will use an online platform called Whova for our event. You can download the Whova app to access the event schedule, view other attendees, and more:

Conference events will take place at Bryn Mawr College. The first public event of the conference occurs Friday Oct 13 at 9 am and the final event ends Saturday Oct 14 at 4 pm. Bryn Mawr is about one hour away from Philadelphia International Airport. Please book your travel accordingly.

We are unable to provide ground transportation from the airport to the hotel. Here is a link to sign up for ridesharing using Whova.

Nearby hotel options include:

Parking will be available on campus.

Here is a map of Bryn Mawr College’s campus. Here is a zoomed in map of the conference’s venues. Goodhart Hall’s address is 150 N. Merion Ave, Bryn Mawr, PA.

Mobilizing the Power of Diversity will take place at Bryn Mawr College October 13-14, 2023.

If you are interested in sponsoring EDGE 25, please contact Rhonda Hughes at rhughes@brynmawr.edu.

Major funding provided by

And the following sponsors

Mobilizing the Power of Diversity conference schedule

Thursday, October 12
6:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

EDGE Reunion Celebration

MCs: Raegan Higgins and Alison Marr

Please note that this event is by invitation only.

Terrain in Devon, PA

Friday, October 13
9:00 a.m.

Greetings

MCs: Diana Campbell and Tara Brendle

Welcome

Bryn Mawr President Kim Cassidy

Goodhart Hall

9:30 a.m.

Keynote Speaker, Minerva Cordero

Advocating for Diversity from a Personal and Professional Perspective

Goodhart Hall

10:30 a.m.

Group Discussion, “EDGE: The Early Years”

Alejandra Alvarado, Chandra Erdman, Jill Jordan, Jennifer Vasquez, Farrah Jackson Ward, Talithia Williams, Sharon Tyree Glenn, Omayra Ortega (moderator)

Goodhart Hall

12:00 p.m.

Keynote Speaker, Angela Duckworth

Mother Theresa

Goodhart Hall

1:00 p.m.

Lunch

Old Library (Great Hall)

2:00 p.m.

Keynote Speaker, Melissa Murray

Affirmative Action and Other Legal Decisions Affecting Diversity in Higher Education

Goodhart Hall

2:40 p.m.

Tea/Reception

3:30 p.m.

Keynote Speaker, Ingrid Daubechies

Mathematicians Helping Art Historians and Art Conservators

Goodhart Hall

4:30 p.m.

Group Discussion: Mathematically Gifted and Black

The Founders: Erica Graham, Raegan Higgins, Candice Price, Shelby Wilson

Goodhart Hall

5:30 p.m.

Cocktails and dinner

Old Library (Great Hall)

7:00 p.m.

Greetings

Spelman College

Keynote Speaker: Jamie Fiore Higgins

Bully Market book signing (100 books will be given away).

Saturday, October 14: The Math Day

MCs: Ami Radunskaya and Ulrica Wilson

9:00 a.m.

Priya Prasad

What does it mean to center student learning in the classroom?

Goodhart Hall

9:45 a.m.

Malena Español

The Matrix Revolution: Data, Images, and Beyond

Goodhart Hall

10:45 a.m.

“Journey” talks

Sarah Khasawinah
Elisa Sheng
Raquel Lopez
Nathan Vierling-Claassen

Goodhart Hall

12:15 p.m.

Lunch

Old Library (Great Hall)

MC: Alison Marr

1:15 p.m.

Tai-Danae Bradley

When Information Theory Meets Algebra and Topology

Goodhart Hall

2:15 p.m.

Heather Harrington

Algebra, Topology and Dynamics for Multiscale Biology

Goodhart Hall

3:00 p.m.

Emille Davie

Finding my North (While Being a Black Woman in Math)

Closing Remarks

Goodhart Hall

4:30 p.m. Buses leave for airport

Meet Our Speakers

Minerva Cordero

Keynote Speaker

Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, University of Texas at Arlington. 2022 Recipient of Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring.

Ingrid Daubechies

Keynote Speaker

James B. Duke Distinguished Professor of Mathematics and Electrical and Computer Engineering, Duke University. 2023 Wolf Prize in Mathematics Awardee.

Angela Duckworth

Keynote Speaker

Rosa Lee and Egbert Chang Professor of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania. Co-founder, chief scientist and board member of Character Lab.

Jamie Fiore Higgins

Keynote Speaker

Author of “Bully Market: My Story of Money and Misogyny at Goldman Sachs.” One of the Financial Times “Top 25 Most Influential Women of 2022!”.

Melissa Murray

Keynote Speaker

Frederick I. and Grace Stokes Professor of Law, New York University. Faculty Director, Birnbaum Women’s Leadership Network.

Alejandra Alvarado

Featured Speaker

EDGE ‘02. Associate Professor in Mathematics, Eastern Illinois University. 

Tai-Danae Bradley

Featured Speaker

EDGE ‘14. Research Mathematician, SandboxAQ. Visiting Research Professor, The Master’s University.

Photo taken by Jonathan Tickner.

Tara Brendle

Featured Speaker

Professor in Mathematics, University of Glasgow.

Diana Campbell

Featured Speaker

Senior Partner and Associate Broker, Dudley Thomas Spade, SRE. Founder, Campbell Commercial Real Estate, LLC.

Emille Davie

Featured Speaker

EDGE ‘01. Senior Director, Black Achievement Success and Engagement, Associate Professor in Mathematics, University of San Francisco. 

Chandra Erdman

Featured Speaker

EDGE ‘02. Technical Program Manager, Google. 

Malena Español

Featured Speaker

Assistant Professor in Computational Mathematics, Arizona State University.

Erica Graham

Featured Speaker

EDGE ‘06. Associate Professor in Mathematics, Bryn Mawr College.

Heather Harrington

Featured Speaker

EDGE ‘06. Academic Faculty and Royal Society University Research Fellow, University of Oxford.

Raegan Higgins

Featured Speaker

EDGE ’02. Co-Director, EDGE Summer Program. Professor in Mathematics, Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Success, Texas Tech University.

Farrah Jackson Ward

Featured Speaker

EDGE ‘99. Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Elizabeth City State University.

Jill Jordan

Featured Speaker

EDGE ‘99. Dean of Natural Science and Mathematics and Associate Professor of Mathematics, Houghton University.

Sarah Khasawinah

Featured Speaker

EDGE ‘09. Deputy Staff Director, United States Senate.

Raquel Lopez

Featured Speaker

EDGE ‘05. Professor of Mathematics, Paradise Valley Community College.

Alison Marr

Featured Speaker

EDGE ’02. Co-Director, EDGE Summer Program. Professor of Mathematics, Southwestern University.

Omayra Ortega

Featured Speaker

EDGE ‘01. Associate Professor of Mathematics and Statistics, Sonoma State University. President of the National Association of Mathematicians Inc.

Priya Prasad

Featured Speaker

EDGE ‘08. Graduate Advisor of Record in Math Education, Assistant Chair and Associate Professor of Mathematics, University of Texas at San Antonio.

Candice Price

Featured Speaker

Associate Professor of Mathematical Sciences, Smith College. Co-creator and co-director of Mathematically Gifted and Black.

Ami Radunskaya

Featured Speaker

President, EDGE. Lingurn H. Burkhead Professor of Mathematics, Pomona College.

Elisa Sheng

Featured Speaker

EDGE ‘09. Senior Biostatistician, Octave.

Jennifer Vasquez

Featured Speaker

EDGE ‘01. Professor in Mathematics, University of Scranton. 

Nathan Vierling-Claassen

Featured Speaker

EDGE ‘02. Long Postdoc, Jump to Industry, Family Crises & Early Retirement: Lessons in flexibility beyond EDGE

Sharon Tyree Glenn

Featured Speaker

EDGE ‘98. Department Chair and Teacher in Mathematics, Ensworth High School.

Talithia Williams

Featured Speaker

EDGE ‘00. Mathematics Clinic Director and Associate Professor of Mathematics, Harvey Mudd College. Author of “Power in Numbers: The Rebel Women of Mathematics.”

Shelby Wilson

Featured Speaker

EDGE ‘06. Senior Data Scientist, The John Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory.

Ulrica Wilson

Featured Speaker

Associate Professor in Mathematics, Morehouse College. Associate Director of Diversity and Outreach, Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics.