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MAA–SIAM–AMS Hrabowski–Gates–Tapia–McBay Lecture Selection Committee

General Description

Principal Activities

The MAA-SIAM-AMS Hrabowski–Gates–Tapia–McBay Lecture Committee will select the lecturer for the Hrabowski–Gates–Tapia–McBay Lecture to be given each year at the Joint Mathematics Meetings. The chair of the committee is responsible for sending the committee’s recommendation to the Associate Secretary of the Mathematical Association of America. The recommendation does not require the approval of the governing bodies of AMS, MAA, and SIAM. The chair of the committee shall rotate among the organizations with MAA chairing for the selection of the 2022 HGTM speaker.

Statement on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
(as adopted by the April 2019 Council)

The American Mathematical Society is committed to promoting and facilitating equity, diversity and inclusion throughout the mathematical sciences. For its own long-term prosperity as well as that of the public at large, our discipline must connect with and appropriately incorporate all sectors of society. We reaffirm the pledge in the AMS Mission Statement to "advance the status of the profession of mathematics, encouraging and facilitating full participation of all individuals," and urge all members to conduct their professional activities with this goal in mind.


The Hrabowski–Gates–Tapia–McBay lecture is named after four influential scientists of color: (1) Freeman Hrabowski, President of the University of Maryland at Baltimore County; (2) James S. Gates, University of Maryland, College Park; (3) Richard Tapia, Rice University; and (4) Shirley McBay, Founder and former President of Quality Education for Minorities (QEM). Through multiple mechanisms, these sessions expect to facilitate and accelerate the participation of scientists in the building of sustainable communities of mathematicians and mathematical scientists. In particular, the intention is to systematically recruit, welcome, encourage, mentor, and support individuals from underrepresented groups in the USA. This lecture started in 2016 as an activity of the Mathematical Association of America’s Committee on Minority Participation and became a jointly sponsored MAA–SIAM–AMS event in 2018.

Miscellaneous Information

The MAA Secretary will issue the letter of invitation.

The business of this committee can be done by email or videoconference.

Note to the Chair

Support for the speaker will be shared among the three societies and will follow the practices in effect at the time, with extra consideration given toward providing the selected speaker with an honorarium.

For the purpose of archiving the committee activities, the Secretary maintains a central file system for archiving committee records. Committee Chairs are asked to submit committee records on yearly basis. Chairs can submit material at their discretion, and some materials that they may wish to provide are meeting minutes, agenda, and emails. Confidential material should be noted, so that it can be handled in a confidential manner.


Current and Past Members