Gender and Technology Initiative

The Gender and Technology Initiative was launched in 2011-12 with support from a grant from The d’Arbeloff Fund for Excellence in Education. The aim of this initiative was to develop an undergraduate subject on gender and technology, in addition to annual programming and activities to foster intellectual community and collaborative research on the intersections of gender and technology. Over the course of the initiative’s development, WGS, in conjunction with units such as D-Lab (Development through Dialogue, Design and Dissemination), STS (Science, Technology and Society) and Global Studies and Languages has organized several conferences and workshops including: the Gender, Technology and Development Workshop, hosted at MIT in 2012-13; the MIT Workshop on Sex Trafficking and Technologyfeaturing academic, legal and mental health experts as well as community service providers, also convened in 2012-2013, and the Gender and Technology: Labor, Sex/Bodies, Data Symposium, a graduate student workshop convened in 2013-14. Additionally, as part of Women's History Month in March 2014, the students enrolled in the Gender and Technology class, taught by Dr. Megan Fernandes, participated in the Pres. Charles M. Vest Women-in-Stem Wikipedia Edit-a-thon along with other MIT faculty and staff. Held in honor of the late Pres. Charles M. Vest and facilitated by Maia Weinstock of the New England Wikimedians User Group, the edit-a-thon gathered members of the MIT community to work collaboratively to improve and create Wikipedia entries related to the history of women in the STEM fields.

On October 3, 2014, WGS collaborated with the OME and the ICEO (with cosponsorship from EECS and CSAIL) on a symposium, Challenging Technical Privilege: How Race and Gender Matter:

Facilitator:

Edmund Bertschinger, Institute Community and Equity Officer (ICEO), MIT

Speakers:

Jane Stout, Director, Center for Evaluating the Research Pipeline (CERP), Computing Research Association

Gabriela A. Gonzalez, Senior STEM Strategist, Intel Corporate Affairs

Jean Yang, PhD student, MIT EECS/CSAIL

Tami Forrester, MIT Course 6, Class of 2015

Donna Milgram, Executive Director, National Institute for Women in Trades, Technology and Science (IWITTS)

See the complete filmed event here. Prof. Edmund Bertschinger blogs about the event hereBoston.com writes about the event here.