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Mission

The Pacific Math Alliance is a multi-tiered, integrated, multi-campus mathematical community that provides networking, mentoring and research connections for mathematicians and students of mathematics that are underrepresented in the mathematical sciences with the aim of
  • providing chains of mentors both at home institutions and beyond;
  • providing narratives of the diversity of experiences that lead individuals into the mathematics profession;
  • sharing best practices for creating community within the mathematical sciences;
  • sharing ideas/best practices for the funding and organization of programs that broaden access to and provide support in the mathematical sciences;
  • increasing the number of mathematics faculty from underrepresented groups;
  • assisting faculty to develop and facilitate vertical integration of experiences at their home institutions;
  • providing students with real access to mathematics and mathematical careers via sustained mentorship.
  • reaching students and supporting them through the process of achieving success pursuing a math discipline.
  • providing support to students all the way from HS/CC to 4-year schools, and even to graduate programs, for those interested in doing so, while also supporting students to transition onto careers in Education, Industry, or the Academy.

The PMA organizes/facilitates
  • communication between faculty, administrators and students at member institutions;
  • events that bring mentors together to discuss and design best practices that facilitate and promote careers in the mathematical sciences;
  • the collection of information about successful programs/models, and the dissemination of such information;
  • discussions that can lead to a broadening of the priorities of mathematical sciences departments;
  • human resources that can speak about and act as role models for different career options in the mathematical sciences.