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Webinar: Working in Academia as an International Woman

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Talk Excerpt

Examining the landscape of academia through a gendered lens, highlighting statistical trends, disparities in representation, and the impact of cultural diversity on women’s academic journeys; emphasizing the unique strengths and perspectives that international women bring to academia.

Abstract

The talk commences by examining the landscape of academia through a gendered lens, highlighting statistical trends, disparities in representation, and the impact of cultural diversity on women’s academic journeys. It critically analyzes the barriers that international women face, including linguistic hurdles, cultural adaptation processes, and the often complex navigation of visa regulations and work permits. Moreover, the presentation delves into the subtle dynamics of implicit bias, stereotype threat, and imposter syndrome, discussing their pervasive influence on women’s professional growth and self-perception in academic settings. It also addresses the challenges of work-life balance, particularly in the context of international mobility and family commitments. However, beyond the challenges, this talk emphasizes the unique strengths and perspectives that international women bring to academia. It explores how their diverse cultural backgrounds, multilingual abilities, and global outlooks can enrich the academic community, foster innovative research, and enhance cross-cultural collaboration.

Bio

Dr. Maryam Alibeik earned her Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Purdue University in 2021, building upon her foundational academic achievements of obtaining both her Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Electrical Engineering from the same esteemed institution. In July 2021, she embarked on her professional journey as an Assistant Professor at Temple University in Philadelphia. Throughout her academic career, Dr. Alibeik has been passionately committed not only to education but also to the empowerment of women in the field of engineering. Holding the position of Region Coordinator for IEEE Women in Engineering since March 2023, she has actively championed diversity and inclusion within the engineering community. Her profound leadership and unwavering dedication are manifest in her role within IEEE Region 2, where she is deeply committed to nurturing a supportive and inclusive environment for women engineers. Additionally, Dr. Alibeik holds the significant role of co-chair for student activities within the IEEE Philadelphia section, further exemplifying her dedication to fostering academic growth and professional development among students.

 

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