2020 Identity Career Series
I Am Remarkable
- Cultural barriers and societal norms can make it more difficult for women and other underrepresented groups to celebrate their achievements in the workplace
- The celebration and acknowledgment of success is an important part of career advancement. Women and underrepresented groups are encouraged to develop good habits of practicing self-promotion for themselves and also during times when they notice a colleague may not be receiving the acknowledgment they deserve
- Stating your accomplishments both in writing and out loud is a helpful activity to acknowledge your remarkable attributes
- Through practice and awareness of self-promotion and supporting colleagues with their self-promotion, we can help to turn the tide and begin to affect positive change in workplace culture
Equity in Action with Jessica Sanon, MBA’17
- Jessica shared her career journey and how her identity as a woman of color and English language learner impacted her pursuit of Mathematics.
- In her undergraduate program, she noticed that students who came from affluent backgrounds and who had the advantage of taking college prep classes were better positioned for success than those students whose high schools did not have the resources to provide advanced classes. She found determination in that struggles and was inspired to become an excellent advocate for herself when she needed extra support
- As the only woman of color in her class at grad school, she became acutely aware of the lack of representation in Mathematics - the inspiration for her social enterprise sySTEMicFlow
- Jessica encouraged students that it is ok if they don’t know exactly what they want to do while an undergraduate. As long as you think about the kinds of stuff that you are interested in, you can use your undergraduate experience to identify options that are connected to your interest
- Her final piece of advice was the importance of connecting with alumni for mentorship support and learning about career pathways you wouldn't know about when you get to college
Be Your Authentic Self in the World of Work
Renee Chapman-Best '81 (BA in sociology), program manager at Los Angeles LGBT Center
Abel Flint '15 (BA in business), senior marketing manager @ Suzy and founder of Out in Research
Aliya Bean '16 (BA in history and WGS), currently a master in public policy candidate at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy. Previously served as the interim executive director and legislative aide of the LGBT Equality Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives.