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Women of Color in Conversation

The lack of diversity at the top of pretty much every profession is well documented, and scholarly communications is no exception. Compared with the number of women who work in our community overall, there are woefully few leaders, and people of color are further underrepresented at all levels. Women of color who are leaders are even more of a rarity, and they experience challenges in the workplace, distinct from those that white women or men of any race face. To address these myriad issues, we have brought together several women of color who are accomplished leaders in their fields for a roundtable discussion. Topics will include how they navigated perceived bias in the workplace, advocated for themselves, and built networks of mentors and sponsors. We aim to make connections between the lived experience of the speakers and what organizations can do to foster inclusive workplace cultures supportive of women of color.
Release Date: 08/24/2020
Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion | Keywords: diversity, women, workplace, equity, WoC, culture, bias
Our debut series on the SSP OnDemand Library, the 2020 Professional Development Series offers presentations on current trends and issues in scholarly communications—from the impact of COVID-19 to diversity, equity, and inclusion in publishing--available at your convenience. New video presentations will be released each week; free materials and paid sessions can be accessed individually or as part of a group; all recordings may be accessed asynchronously, but registrants can also interact with presenters and fellow audience members during live screenings! Videos will be offered on the following topics: Business Models and Strategies, Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, Editorial Innovations, Ethics and Standards, Global Trends, Research Perspectives. Featuring panels of leaders in their respective fields, this series is a must for anyone wishing to keep abreast of the latest developments in the industry.

Barbara Krauthamer

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Senior Vice Provost; Dean of the Graduate School; Professor, History Department, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Barbara Krauthamer is Dean of the Graduate School and Senior Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Programs at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she is also professor of History. Barbara is the author of Black Slaves, Indian Masters: Slavery, Emancipation, and Citizenship in the Native American South. She is co-author, with Dr. Deborah Willis, of Envisioning Emancipation: Black Americans and the End of Slavery. This book received the 2013 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work in non-fiction. She co-edited the African American textbook, Major Problems in African American History (2016) with Dr. Chad Williams. In 2017 the Association of Black Women Historians awarded her the Lorraine A. Williams Leadership Award in recognition of her scholarship and work to create opportunities for Black women in higher education. In her role as dean, she has established campus-wide fellowship and mentoring programs to support the recruitment and retention of graduate students from underrepresented groups. She received her B.A. from Dartmouth College, a Master’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis, and her Ph.D. from Princeton University.

Charlotte Roh

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Scholarly Communications Librarian, University of San Francisco

Rochelle Williams

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Senior Director of Programs, National Society for Black Engineers

Rochelle L. Williams, Ph.D. is an engineer, educator, and advocate for equitable work environments in STEM professions. As the Senior Director of Programs at the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), she is the chief programs officer responsible for ensuring the society fulfills its mission to increase the number of Black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally, and positively impact the community. She frequently delivers workshops and presentations centered on mitigating systemic barriers that prevent the full participation of traditionally marginalized persons. Since 2012, she has worked as a subject-matter expert for the National Science Foundation on issues regarding cultures of inclusion, broadening participation, and university education programs. Having received her B.S. in physics from Spelman College and her M.E. in Mechanical Engineering and Ph.D. in Science and Mathematics Education from Southern University and A&M College, Dr. Williams intentionally promotes the excellence and innovation at Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

The lack of diversity at the top of pretty much every profession is well documented, and scholarly communications is no exception. Compared with the number of women who work in our community overall, there are woefully few leaders, and people of color are further underrepresented at all levels. Women of color who are leaders are even more of a rarity, and they experience challenges in the workplace, distinct from those that white women or men of any race face. To address these myriad issues, we have brought together several women of color who are accomplished leaders in their fields for a roundtable discussion. Topics will include how they navigated perceived bias in the workplace, advocated for themselves, and built networks of mentors and sponsors. We aim to make connections between the lived experience of the speakers and what organizations can do to foster inclusive workplace cultures supportive of women of color.