WiDS Pittsburgh @CMU was held for the first time in 2018 and had nearly 150 local participants including students, faculty, companies, non-profits, and campus organizations. WiDS is an international conference primarily located in Stanford, CA with 150+ satellite conferences across every continent except Antarctica. In 2019, over 120,000 people attended the conference in person and via the livestream and Facebook Live. The purpose of WiDS is “to inspire and educate data scientists worldwide, regardless of gender, and support women in the field”; the conference features exclusively female speakers from academia and industry.
This year, WiDS Pittsburgh @CMU will be a two-day event, beginning with an opening reception with Pittsburgh userR and WiML&DS, and continuing with a day of engaging, accessible talks on the current state of data science. Attendees will be able to network, meet, and learn from local experts in the field, as well as submit resumes for potential opportunities with industry sponsors.
March 20: Opening Reception
The Oaklander Hotel
5130 Bigelow Blvd, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
(modeled on the ASA Activities Conduct Policy approved November 30, 2018 by American Statistical Association Board of Directors)
WiDS Pittsburgh @CMU is committed to providing an atmosphere in which personal respect and intellectual growth are valued and the free expression and exchange of ideas are encouraged. Consistent with this commitment, it is our policy that all participants in WiDS Pittsburgh @CMU activities enjoy a welcoming environment free from unlawful discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. We strive to be a community that welcomes and supports people of all backgrounds and identities. This includes, but is not limited to, members of any race, ethnicity, culture, national origin, color, immigration status, social and economic class, educational level, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, size, family status, political belief, religion, and mental and physical ability.
All WiDS Pittsburgh @CMU participants —including, but not limited to, attendees, statisticians, data scientists, sports analysts, students, registered guests, staff, contractors, sponsors, exhibitors, and volunteers —in the conference or any other related activity—whether official or unofficial—agree to comply with all rules and conditions of the activities.
Your registration or attendance at the 2020 WiDS Pittsburgh @CMU conference indicates your agreement to abide by this policy and its terms.
- Model and support the norms of professional respect necessary to promote the conditions for healthy exchange of scientific ideas.
- Speak and conduct yourself professionally; do not insult or disparage other participants.
- Be conscious of hierarchical structures in broader statistics/data science community, specifically the existence of stark power differentials among students, junior analysts/statisticians, and senior analysts/statisticians—noting that fear of retaliation from those in senior-level positions can make it difficult for students or those in junior level positions to express discomfort, rebuff unwelcome advances, and report violations of the conduct policy.
- Be sensitive to body language and other non-verbal signals and respond respectfully.
- Violent threats or language directed against another person
- Discriminatory jokes and language
- Inclusion of unnecessary sexually explicit, violent, or otherwise sensitive materials in presentations
- Posting (or threatening to post), without permission, other people’s personally identifying information online, including on social networking sites
- Personal insults including, but not limited to, those using racist, sexist, homophobic, or xenophobic terms
- Unwelcome solicitation of emotional or physical intimacy such as sexual advances; propositions; sexual flirtations; sexually-related touching; and graphic gestures or comments about sex or another person’s dress, body, or sexual activities
- Advocating for, encouraging, or dismissing the severity of any of the above behaviors
Consequences of Unacceptable Behavior
At the sole discretion of the WiDS Pittsburgh @CMU Program Committee, unacceptable behavior may result in removal from or denial of access to meeting facilities or activities, without refund of any applicable registration fees or costs. In addition, WiDS Pittsburgh @CMU reserves the right to report violations to an individual’s employer or institution or to a law-enforcement agency. Those engaging in unacceptable behavior may also be banned from future WiDS Pittsburgh @CMU activities or face additional penalties.
What to Do if You Witness or Are Subject to Unacceptable Behavior
If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns relating to harassment, please contact a member of the WiDS Pittsburgh @CMU program committee either in person or at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you witness potential harm to a conference participant, be proactive in helping to mitigate or avoid that harm; if you see or hear something that concerns you, please say something.
Process for Adjudicating Reports of Misconduct
WiDS Pittsburgh @CMU will contract with an independent entity to manage and adjudicate reported violations of the conduct policy.
Note: This Code of Conduct may be revised at any time by the WiDS Pittsburgh @CMU Conference. Questions, concerns, or comments should be directed to email@example.com.