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GS5 Gender Summit, South Africa

Poverty alleviation and economic empowerment through scientific research & innovation: Better Knowledge From and For Africa

28-30 April 2015, Cape Town, South Africa

MWIRC program supported the participation of two STEM Female Faculty to GS5-Africa: Dr Lolita Gray and Dr Sarah Johnson. Both participants attended with the goal of creating their first international research networks in STEM and developing preliminary steps towards future collaborations.

Inclusive research

"As I, a female, found that even with my published research, I was not inclusive of gendered issues. This Summit really enlightened of the inconsideration and insensitivity of propitiating this unjust oversight."

Dr. Lolita D. Gray, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Political Science, Jackson State University

                Welcome message by Ylann Schemm, Elsevier Foundation, GS5 Sponsor

SAfm Public radio guest

"Their interest in my education experience had them eager to have me on their public radio show SAfm during the conference. Mr. Ashraf Garda on SAfm interviewed me. He wanted me to address the lack or the need to raise visibility of female models in STEM. "

"A representative from South African Department of Science and Technology, informed me that I have the potential to work with African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS): Next Einstein Initiative, by being a visiting lecturer at one of the locations."

Sarah Johnson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Bethune-Cookman University

Book authoring

"One of the most exciting parts of my Summit attendance, was the request for me to work with a publisher HSRC PRESS to write a book.  I began discussing my research interests, the HSRC PRESS representative posed this question to me, “Why haven’t I read that in a book?” I then advised that writing a book is a goal I have placed upon my agenda."

Dr. Lolita D. Gray, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Political Science, Jackson State University