Birds of a Feather
Join the Conversation: Strategies for Organizing a Local, State or National Women in HPC
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Birds of a Feather
TimeTuesday, July 245pm - 6pm
DescriptionDo you want to get involved with or start your own Women in HPC program, but don’t know where to start?

The purpose of this Birds of a Feather is to increase the awareness of Women in HPC (WHPC) activities and opportunities occurring on the local, state and national level, and to share experiences, best practices and strategies for getting started. Don’t reinvent the wheel! Join members of our community who are actively involved with grassroots efforts to increase the awareness of the need for diversity and inclusion in our HPC workforce and community.

Our session will follow the below format. Lisa Arafune, CASC, to moderate the discussion.

Brief Introductions

Local/Campus WHPC Program (Gladys Andino and Marisa Brazil, Purdue University)
Share strategies and lessons learned. One of our main strategies to increase awareness of WHPC is to expose students to researchers and role models to demonstrate ways that HPC is used in a variety of research domains and disciplines (including nontraditional domains) through meetings, technical presentations, networking, and opportunities to attend and present at conferences.

Organizing a State WHPC Program - (Melyssa Fratkin, TACC)
Discuss how to start a chapter for professional women. How do you decide where to focus your efforts - students or professionals? What kind of activities will benefit the most women? What tools do you use for collaboration (since face-to-face meetings are hard in a state this big)? How do you involve the companies they work for (or other companies)? How/when do you start involving students?

Organizing a recognized WHPC Program: Local, Regional, National and International WHPC Chapters and Affiliates - (Sharon Broude Geva, University of Michigan)
The Women in HPC global organization is developing opportunities to create chapters and affiliates. Learn how to form a recognized WHPC Chapter (affiliated with the global Women in HPC).

Group discussion, interactive Q&A using live audience poll if possible.