THE podcast: how to navigate HE as a woman of colour
To mark International Women’s Day, we spoke with two female academics about their journey through higher education and the biases and assumptions they have overcome
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In this episode of the Campus podcast, Henrika McCoy, the Ruby Lee Piester Centennial Fellow in Services to Children and Families and associate professor at the Steve Hicks School of Social Work at the University of Texas at Austin, shares her experience of colleagues and students having erroneous expectations about her scholarship and background because she is a Black female academic. She also addresses the assumption that non-parent academics don’t have any caring responsibilities.
Also joining us is Didar Zowghi, a professor of software engineering and a senior principal research scientist at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)’s Data61. She leads a research team in “Diversity and Inclusion in AI” and “Requirements Engineering for Responsible AI”. She is also the leader of the National AI Centre’s think tank on diversity and inclusion in AI in Australia, emeritus professor at the University of Technology Sydney and conjoint professor at the University of New South Wales. Didar speaks about biases in AI systems, improving the gender imbalance among AI professionals and her journey from Iran to the upper echelons of the AI research community.