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Ally Skills Session

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

“Allies” are people who support a group who are commonly the subject of discrimination or prejudice, but who are not members of that group. The Ally Skills session teaches simple everyday ways for allies to use their privilege and influence to support people who are targets of systemic oppression in their workplaces and communities. This includes women of all races, people of color, people with disabilities, LGBTQ folks, parents, caregivers of all sorts, and people of different ages.

All members of the POPL community are welcome and there is no additional fee to participate. However, because space is limited, we will select participants based on a short application. Please apply no later than January 6th, 2020.


Wednesday, January 22, 2020

For the first time this year, we’re organizing a special lunch at POPL solely for LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer and related identities) attendees, to provide a safe space for us to chat, network and share solidarity. The lunch is open to students, post-docs, faculty, and other members of the POPL community; we hope it helps to establish new connections among queer researchers in PL, and to foster an atmosphere within the PL community that welcomes, supports, and values researchers of all identities.

If you’re interested in joining us for lunch, you can RSVP either by:

  • Sending an email to popl-lunch@mit.edu (please mention any dietary restrictions!), or
  • Signing up at this Google form. The form will not automatically collect your email or require you to sign in.

(We’re collecting RSVPs to get a headcount, but please note that anonymity is allowed: it’s always a good idea not to entrust potentially vulnerable computer systems with information that could endanger you.)

Mentoring Breakfasts

Wednesday–Friday, January 22–24, 2020

This year, POPL (in conjunction with PLMW) is experimenting with mentoring breakfasts. Two types of breakfasts will be held: student mentoring breakfasts and faculty/professional mentoring breakfasts.

These are free on POPL days for which you are registered. You may volunteer to attend as many breakfasts as you like. You can sign up to give or receive mentoring when registering for POPL.

Programming Languages Mentoring Workshop (PLMW)

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

The Programming Languages Mentoring Workshop (PLMW) aims to encourage graduate students and senior undergraduate students to pursue careers in programming language research. This workshop will bring together world leaders in programming languages research and teaching from academia and industry to provide (a) technical sessions on cutting-edge PL research and (b) mentoring sessions on how to prepare for a research career. The workshop will engage students in a process of imagining how they might contribute to our research community.

The workshop registration is open to all. A number of sponsors have generously donated scholarship funds for qualified students to attend PLMW; students with alternative sources of funding are welcome as well.

W@POPL Dinner

Thursday, January 23, 2020

The W@POPL dinner aims to connect women PL faculty, post-docs and students. It is intended to celebrate achievements, small and big, and provide a low-pressure atmosphere to foster building one’s support group.

You can sign up for the networking dinner when registering for POPL.