About Our Program
“On an artistic level, I loved the show, but on a professional level, it's stuck with me, and since then, I have looked for ways that I can be an ally for women in STEM.”
– Matthew Leingang, Clinical Professor of Mathematics, New York University
The innovative Truth Values Community program creates a profoundly supportive environment for women graduate students in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) through pairing a performance of the award-winning national-hit play Truth Values with a series of events that allow for graduate women to dialogue with each other, STEM leaders, and mentors in an intimate and structured setting.
The program is helmed by Principal Investigator Dr. Silvia Mazzula, award-winning educator, specialist in diversity, equity and inclusion, Founder and Executive Director of the Latina Researchers Network, and Associate Professor of Psychology at John Jay College, The City University of New York (CUNY); and co-Principal Investigator, award-winning artist, Truth Values creator, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) alumna and women’s equality activist Gioia De Cari.
An example agenda, from our recent program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, can be found below.
April 2019 Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Day One: April 16, 2019, Kresge Little Theatre
7:00 PM - Performance of Truth Values with immediate post-show discussion Bias and Breakthroughs: Women in STEM at MIT
8:30 PM – Panel discussion on stage with prominent leaders in STEM, including Dr. Michael Sipser, Dean of the School of Science
Day Two: April 17, 2019, Twenty Chimneys Coffeehouse and Lounge
11:45 AM – Student check in and discussion with PI and Co-PI
12:30 PM – Luncheon with students and prominent mentors in STEM; presentation by Dr. Anna Frebel, Associate Professor of Physics, MIT, relating topics from Truth Values to current challenges of women graduate students in STEM at MIT.
Subsequent to these events, students and mentors will be given further opportunities to connect via online resources and additional networking events.
• Ms. Rhonda Davis, Head, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Office of the Director, National Science Foundation
• Dr. Evelynn Hammonds, Chair, Department of the History of Science, Harvard University;
Barbara Gutmann Rosenkrantz Professor of the History of Science; Professor of African and African American Studies
• Dr. Michael Sipser, Dean of the School of Science; Donner Professor of Mathematics, MacVicar Faculty Fellow, MIT
• Dr. Tania Baker, Edwin C. Whitehead Professor of Biology, MIT;
Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
• Dr. Cait Crawford, Distinguished Engineer at IBM
• Dr. Katy Croff Bell, Director, Director of the Open Ocean initiative, MIT Media Lab;
Technology Fellow, National Geographic Society
• Dr. Debra Borkovitz, Clinical Professor of Mathematics, Boston University
• Dr. Anna Frebel, Silverman (1968) Family Career Development Associate Professor of Physics, MIT
• Dr. Martha Gray, J. W. Kieckhefer Professor of Health Sciences and Technology;
Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, MIT
• Dr. Ju-Lee Kim, Professor of Mathematics, MIT
• Dr. Leslie Kolodziejski, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, MIT
• Dr. Laura Schulz, Professor of Cognitive Science, MIT.