You read about the history of WomeninTechComm.org (#womeninTC) on the about there at the main site. But the short version is there is a steering committee that got together to work on a grassroots, across institutions mentoring initiative. I was fortunate to be invited, and it has been some of the most rewarding work that I’ve done. We were honored with the Diana Award which is award by the Association of Computing Machinery’s (ACM) Special Interest Group (SIG) on the Design of Communication (DOC) SIGDOC (Special Interest Group on Design of Communication).
The proceedings paper (*.doc: opens in new window) of our Diana Award keynote outlines our position that existing mentorship models are limiting, and for our work, we’ve begun to create our own mentoring model that is recursive and participatory. This is a great example of our the traditional divisions of our job (teaching, research and service) are no longer adequate in the current higher education landscape. Our work building the mentoring network clearly illustrates how service has become research.
Liza Potts and I recently updated the mentoring model and discussed how it can be used a model in workplaces.
As of the summer of 2020, I have become an emerita member of the steering committee as my attention and service is being moved in other directions.