How Some Men Are Challenging Gender Inequity in the Lab (Nature)

How Some Men Are Challenging Gender Inequity in the Lab

Dr. Juan E. Gilbert, the Andrew Banks Family Preeminence Endowed Professor and Chair of the Computer & Information Science & Engineering Department at the University of Florida, shares with Nature magazine his efforts to support female colleagues.

“At the Department of Computer and Information Science and Engineering at the University of Florida, we have about 20% of the African American women in the United States who are enrolled in computer science Ph.D. programs. We are the number one department in terms of the number of women in tenure-track faculty positions,” he says. “How do we address gender bias? From a male perspective, I think you first have to witness it. When a female colleague speaks up, but then male colleagues speak over her, I politely interrupt the men and say: ‘Excuse me, I didn’t get to hear everything she had to say.'”

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