Second annual Granville Academy explores diversity and inclusion with undergraduate researchers

Photo credit: Yale Wright Laboratory/Victoria Misenti
July 30, 2019

The second annual Granville Academy, a week of diversity and inclusion workshops for undergraduate students doing summer research in astronomy and physics, was held at the Sloane Physics Laboratory during the week of July 15 to 20, 2019.  

Designed by Israel Munson professor of physics Meg Urry and former Yale lecturer Louise Edwards as part of their National Science Foundation program on the “Accretion History of Active Galactic Nuclei,”  this year’s Granville Academy was co-hosted by the Yale Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics (YCAA),  Wright Laboratory  (Wright Lab) and the departments of astronomy and physics at Yale.  Wright Lab program manager Victoria Misenti and YCAA senior administrative assistant Geriana van Atta assisted with the logistical coordination of the week.

The workshops were led by Urry, physics graduate student Charles Brown, and associate professor of physics Reina Maruyama.  In a survey taken at the end of the program, the eighteen attendees reported that they had learned a lot and were glad to have participated in this kind of program.

The daily workshops were as follows:

July 15: Introductions, goals for the week (Urry)
July 16: “Demographics of under-representation” (Brown)
July 17: “Fostering inclusivity 1: Implicit bias, stereotype threat, privilege” (Urry)
July 18: “Fostering inclusivity 2: Strategies for dealing with micro-aggressions or implicit bias, how to be a better ally, etc.” (Maruyama)
July 19: “How NOT to give a talk”(Urry), followed by catered lunch and the movie, Hidden Figures

The Granville Academy is named for Evelyn Boyd Granville, who obtained her Ph.D. in mathematics from Yale in 1949 and was the second African-American woman to receive a Ph.D. in mathematics in the United States. Granville’s long career in research and teaching, including work in celestial mechanics digital computer techniques for the Apollo program, was recognized in 2000 with the Yale Graduate School Alumni Association’s highest honor, the Wilbur Lucius Cross medal.

Granville Academy in Yale News (September 5, 2019)