End of Year Updates
Feedback Surveys and Video Meeting
In June, all chapter representatives returned an end-of-the-year feedback survey to document how the year went for their chapter, and to offer feedback on MAP’s central organization. Many representatives reported increased awareness of and discussion about issues of under-representation in their departments since the establishment of a MAP chapter:
"Since the creation of the MAP chapter climate issues became more visible in the department. Both faculty and students seem to be more aware of the issues faced by women and minorities. As a result of the discussions opened by the MAP sponsored talks, our department ran a climate survey and presented the results to the graduate student body. These results are being used to improve climate issues in our community."
"Conversations on MAP-related issues were happening more frequently, fluidly. I believe a genuine culture of curiosity and concern about issues related to women and minorities in our field is being fostered here at [school], and safe spaces for open and respectful dialogue on these issues are increasing."
All chapter representatives were then invited to an end of the year video-chat meeting to discuss their year, exchange ideas with other representatives, compare notes on what worked and what didn’t, and brainstorm collaborative projects. These meetings were both productive and invigorating. Many of us came away with new ideas for projects to implement in our home chapters, and advice for improving the work that is already going on.
End of Year Report
We are in the process of compiling an “End of the Year Report” describing what we have learned from the feedback surveys and the end of year meetings. When it is completed, the Report will be available on the MAP website.