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-====== Fall 2011 Kickoff Event ======+====== Fall 2011 Scenarios Discussion ======
  
-===== Opening =====+ * your unexpected qualifications: from a professor "Congratulations on your award!  You really deserve it: your high GPA, your research experience, and you're a woman, so you really deserve this!"  (adapted from a conversation I had when choosing a winner for our dept award)
  
-Present how the conditions for women have gotten better but that there are still issues.  Show little about science in general and each field through the ages (e.g., conditions in 1971, 1991, and 2011).  Maybe a little from each woman prof about what she loves about science and what is most challenging and how she copes with it. +  --> this may be tricky because you can't really react to this from professor
-===== Tools Discussion through Scenarios =====+
  
-==== Assigned Female-Stereotypical Tasks ====+ * jealous classmate: "Oh, you got into Best University?  I didn't.  And, I have a higher GPA than you.  But, you're a woman, so they probably had a couple of spots reserved for women."
  
-**Scenario:** Boss or Teammates: "You are so much more organized than the rest of us guys: you're in charge of taking notes for the meetingsputting the notes online, reserving room for our meetings, reserving equipment. If you declinethen the boss/teammates accuses you of not being a team player.+ jealous boyfriend: "You spend a lot of time with Joe in the lab.  Andyou always talk about him.  You can't _just_ be friends with boy.  That's how we hooked upremember?  I don't think you can work in that lab anymore."
  
-**Answer Discussion:** + unevolved classmate"Why are you in WITS?  Are you some kind of feminist?"  (probably would mention more about WITS, to help promote their group)
-==== Your unexpected qualifications ====+
  
-**Scenario:** From an "enlightened" professor "Congratulations on your award!  You really deserve it: your high GPA, your research experience, and you're woman, so you really deserve this!"  + interview with advisor/bossthe you-can't-get-married-or-can't-have-a-baby (you two may know how to frame this one)
  
-**Answer Discussion:** + insensitive boss (this one is real; not sure how to frame): Woman: "Our colleague comments on the outfits that the women in his classes wearand it makes the students uncomfortable. Boss: "What kind of things does he say?"  Woman: "Ohjust that the dress is pretty or something like that."  Boss: "hate to think that we live in a world where we can't compliment each other."
-  * this may be tricky because you can't really react to this from a professor +
-Yestricky, but can still respond with confidence - "yes, I've worked really hard and genuinely enjoyed the course work and research" +
-==== Jealous classmate ====+
  
-**Scenario:** "Oh, you got into Best University?  I didn't, and I have a higher GPA than you.  But, you're a woman, so they probably had couple of spots reserved for women."+ insensitive boss: you: here is what is happening to me; boss: just develop thick skin
  
-**Answer Discussion:** + * not knowing what your capable of: Boss: "A scientific big-wig is coming to our office.  I'd like you to talk to her for 30 minutes."  You: "What me?  Oh, no.  I wouldn't know what to talk to her about.  Why don't you ask someone else and if no one else can, then come talk to me."
-You know GPA isn't the only consideration for graduate school. I've done research and really thought about my thesis project.  I think that counts for more.  And besides, you should be aware of the unconscious bias against woman. +
-Note: I think this is an important scenario, because its likely to come up with classmates now and not some distant future they don't yet understand. +
-==== Jealous Boyfriend ==== +
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-**Scenario:** "You spend a lot of time with Joe in the lab.  And, you always talk about him.  You can't _just_ be friends with a boy.  That's how we hooked up, remember?  I don't think you can work in that lab anymore." +
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-**Answer Discussion:** +
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-==== Unevolved Classmate ==== +
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-**Scenario:** Why are you in WITS?  Are you some kind of feminist?"  (probably would mention more about WITS, to help promote their group) +
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-**Answer Discussion:** +
-What's wrong with being a feminist? +
-==== Interview with advisor/boss ==== +
-**Scenario:** the you-can't-get-married-or-can't-have-a-baby +
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-**Answer Discussion:** +
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-==== Insensitive Boss ==== +
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-**Scenario:** Woman: "Our colleague comments on the outfits that the women in his classes wear, and it makes the students uncomfortable."  Boss: "What kind of things does he say?"  Woman: "Oh, just that the dress is pretty or something like that."  Boss: "I hate to think that we live in a world where we can't compliment each other." +
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-**Answer Discussion:** +
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-**Scenario:** Woman: here is an uncomfortable situation that is happening to me.  Boss: you need to toughen up and develop a thick skin +
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-**Answer Discussion:** +
-Thanks for the fantastic advise.  I'll do that and next time I won't bother you with my piddly problems.  OK - maybe that's not the best reaction. +
-==== Tackling a Challenge ==== +
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-**Scenario:** Boss: "A scientific big-wig is coming to our office.  I'd like you to talk to her for 30 minutes."  You: "What me?  Oh, no.  I wouldn't know what to talk to her about.  Why don't you ask someone else and if no one else can, then maybe I can do it."  Maybe this one is a multiple choice one? +
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-**Answer Discussion:** +
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-==== Difficult Group Dynamics ==== +
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-**Scenario:** Not getting your voice heard in a group +
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-**Answer Discussion:** If you get interrupted, KEEP TALKING.  (That may drive you nuts first.)+
  
 + * female-stereotypical job assignments: Boss: "You are so much more organized than the rest of us: you're in charge of taking notes for this meeting."
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