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Count Me In
Community and Belonging in Mathematics

Edited by Della Dumbaugh, and Deanna Haunsperger

This groundbreaking work explores the powerful role of communities in mathematics. It introduces readers to twenty-six different mathematical communities and addresses important questions about how they form, how they thrive, and how they advance individuals and the group as a whole. The chapters celebrate how diversity and sameness bind colleagues together, showing how geography, gender, or graph theory can create spaces for colleagues to establish connections in the discipline. They celebrate outcomes measured by mathematical results and by increased interest in studying mathematics. They highlight the value of relationships with peers and colleagues at various stages of their careers.

Together, these stories offer a guide—rather than a template—for building and sustaining a mathematical community. They call attention to critical strategies of rotating leadership and regular assessment and evaluation of goals and programs, and promote an ongoing awareness of the responsibilities of life that impinge on mathematical creativity and contributions.

Whether you are giving thought to starting a group, joining one already in existence, or encouraging a colleague to participate in the broader mathematical community, this book will meet you where you are—and move you beyond. It contains a plethora of ideas to foster a sense of belonging in the exciting discipline of mathematics.

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  • Introduction: The Power of Community
  • Acknowledgments
  • Part 1: Communities for Undergraduate and Secondary-School Mathematics Students
  • Building Community in the Classroom Erica Winterer
  • St. Olaf's Big Tent: From Teaching Mathematics to Teaching Students Deanna Haunsperger and Stephen Kennedy with Ted Vessey
  • Todxs Cuentan en ECCO: Building a Mathematical Community Federico Ardila-Mantilla and Carolina Benedetti-Velásquez
  • The Carleton SMP: Planning the Unplanned Deanna Haunsperger and Stephen Kennedy
  • The Nebraska Conference for Undergraduate Women in Mathematics Christine Kelley and Glenn Ledder
  • The EDGE Community Amy Oden and Ami Radunskaya
  • Prepare2Nspire: Effects of a Near-Peer Tutoring Program Elena A. Contreras Gullickson and Lesa M. Covington Clarkson
  • Bryn Mawr College, 1885–1940: "mathematics on its mind" Madeline E. Polhill
  • The Smith College Center for Women in Mathematics Patricia Cahn and Stefanie Wang
  • Math Alliance: Investing in Tomorrow Today Alexander J. Barrios, Ranthony A. C. Edmonds, and Roberto Soto
  • Youngstown State AWM: Mentorship and Fellowship Monica Busser, Alanis Chew, Jacquelyn Ehko, and Ashley Orr
  • Honoring Culture in Indigenous and Latinx Communities Belin Tsinnajinnie with Sam Kennedy
  • The Duluth Undergraduate Research Program: A Community of Peers Joseph A. Gallian
  • Part 2: Communities for Graduate Students and Professional Mathematicians
  • Women in Numbers: a Research Community Michelle Manes
  • The Women and Mathematics Program at the IAS Michelle Huguenin, Dusa McDuff, Margaret Readdy, and Karen Uhlenbeck
  • The Infinite Possibilities Conference: Creating Moments of Belonging Lily S. Khadjavi, Tanya Moore, and Kimberly Weems
  • On Building a Research Community of Women Mathematicians in Africa Karin-Therese Howell and Nancy Ann Neudauer
  • MAA Project NExT: Community During a Critical Transition Julie Barnes, Alissa S. Crans, Matthew DeLong, Dave Kung, and T. Christine Stevens
  • Math Mamas: Navigating Mathematics and Motherhood Emille Davie Lawrence
  • From the Diary of a Black Mathematician Edray Herber Goins and Amy Oden
  • Fostering a Community of LGBTQ+ Mathematicians Christopher Goff, George Bradley, Alexander Hoover, and Aubrey Kemp
  • The Community of AIM SQuaREs Estelle Basor
  • The EPaDel Community Ximena Catepillán and Linda McGuire
  • The Mathematicians of Color Alliance Michael Young
  • The Story of RUME: Forging a Community of Practice Stacy Brown and Annie Selden
  • MSRI Addresses the Challenge Hélêne Barcelo and Michael F. Singer
  • Afterword