Lathisms

Lathisms was founded in 2016 in order to showcase the contributions of Latinx and Hispanic mathematicians during Hispanic Heritage Month, which is celebrated in the United States from September 15 and October 15 every year. During this time we featured/revealed a prominent Latinx/Hispanic mathematician daily, providing a biography and information on their research, teaching and service contributions. The 2016 Lathisms calendar was highlighted in the article "Lathisms: Latin@s and Hispanics in Mathematical Sciences" (Notices of the American Mathematical Society, Volume 63, Number 9) and the American Mathematical Society supported this endeavor by creating and distributing a poster "Latin@s and Hispanics in the Mathematical Sciences." You can order a copy here.

This website has been made possible by the support of the American Mathematical Society, a Tensor SUMMA grant from the Mathematics Association of America, Williams College and the Writing Center at Youngstown State University.

Statement on Black Lives Matter

As an organization created to increase the visibility of Latinx/Hispanic mathematicians, we fully support and stand in solidarity with our Black students, peers, colleagues family and friends who disproportionately face the systemic burden of racism and police brutality.  

Black Lives Matter in our past, in our present, and in our future. We will continue our work to become better allies, to uplift the Black Lives Matter movement, and do the work we must to uphold equity and social justice in our mathematical communities.  

You can support efforts in our math community by supporting the National Association of Mathematicians (NAM),  a non-profit professional organization in the mathematical sciences with membership open to all persons interested in promoting excellence in the mathematical sciences and promoting the mathematical development of all underrepresented minorities.

Leadership Team

President

Dr. Pamela E. Harris, Associate Professor, Mathematics, Williams College

Dr. Pamela E. Harris is a Mexican-American mathematician and serves as Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics and Faculty Fellow of the Davis Center and the Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Williams College. She received her B.S. from Marquette University, and M.S. and Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Dr. Pamela E. Harris's research is in algebraic combinatorics and she is the author of over 60 peer-reviewed research articles in internationally recognized journals. An award winning mathematical educator, Dr. Harris was the 2020 recipient of the MAA Northeast Section Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching, the 2019 MAA Henry L. Alder Award for Distinguished Teaching by a Beginning College or University Mathematics Faculty Member, and the 2019 Council on Undergraduate Research Mathematics and Computer Sciences Division Early Career Faculty Mentor Award. She was also selected as a 2020 Inaugural Class of Karen Uhlenbeck EDGE Fellows. Dr. Harris serves as President of Lathisms and is a member of the board of directors.

Treasurer

Vanessa Rivera Quiñones, AI Coach & Data Science Consultant

Dr. Vanessa Rivera Quiñones is an AI Coach at BeCode.org and a data science consultant. Born in Puerto Rico, her love for mathematics began at an early age and continued to grow thanks to the encouragement of her family, teachers, and the support of many mentors. She received her bachelor’s (B.S.) degree from the University of Puerto Rico at Río Piedras (2013) and her doctoral degree (2019) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Mathematics.  She serves as the Treasurer of Lathisms as well as a member of the board of directors.  She believes mathematics is a human endeavor and that by creating inclusive and equitable environments that embrace the identities of who does mathematics, our community will flourish. At the next step of her career, she is interested in working on the ever-growing challenges of sustainability, healthcare, and education through a social justice lens.

Clerk

Dr. Rosaura Uscanga Lomelí, Assistant Professor, Mathematics, Mercy College

Dr. Rosaura Uscanga Lomelí is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Sciences at Mercy College. She is a Mexican-American mathematics education researcher, whose research focuses on the teaching and learning of abstract algebra. She is also passionate about equity and diversity research. She received her undergraduate degree in mathematics from The University of Texas at Arlington and her M.S. and Ph.D. in mathematics from Oklahoma State University. She is Clerk of Lathisms as well as a member of the board of directors.

Program Manager

Lily Levin, Undergraduate Student, Williams College

Lily Levin is a Junior majoring in Economics and Comparative Literature at Williams College. She is passionate about promoting educational equity and inclusion. She has been working with Lathisms for roughly half of her college career, and after graduation she hopes to attend law school and pursue a career in education public policy. She serves as Lathisms' program manager and coordinates many of Lathisms' day-to-day logistics.

Lathisms Co-Founders