Virtual Fall 2020 ArizMATYC Conference

Join us for the Free Fall Conference!

Join mathematics faculty from throughout the Southwest for a virtual Fall 2020 ArizMATYC Conference. This conference is being held over two Fridays mornings, October 2 and October 16, and features two keynotes and a variety of breakout sessions from which to choose.

Schedule At a Glance

Friday, October 2 – Did you miss it? Find recordings and slides here!

  • 8:30am – 9:00am Social Half Hour & Bring Your Own Breakfast
  • 9:00am – 10:00am Welcome & Keynote 1
  • 10:15am – 11:00am Breakout Sessions Round 1
  • 11:15am – 12:00pm Breakout Sessions Round 2
  • 12:00pm – 1:00pm Networking & Lunch On Your Own or
  • 12:00pm – 2:00pm ATF Meeting (See AZ Transfer site)

Friday, October 16 – Did you miss it? Find recordings and slides here!

  • 8:30am – 9:00am Social Half Hour & Bring Your Own Breakfast
  • 9:00am – 10:00am Welcome & Keynote 2
  • 10:15am – 11:00am Breakout Sessions Round 3
  • 11:15am – 12:00pm Breakout Sessions Round 4
  • 12:00pm – 1:00pm Networking & Lunch On Your Own
  • 1:00pm – 2:30pm ArizMATYC Business Meeting

Detailed Schedule (use full screen view or click here)


Registration for the Fall ArizMATYC Conference is free! You must register in order to receive details for joining the conference via Zoom. These details will be emailed out the day before each conference date, as well as the morning of each date.

Link to Registration

In lieu of registration costs, we encourage you to make a donation in memory of Dave Graser and Eli Blake. Funds will be divided and sent to the David J. Graser Memorial Scholarship on behalf of Dave and the Midwest Food Bank Arizona Division in Eli’s name.


ArizMATYC is now a 509(a)(2) non-profit organization. Your donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Aditya Adiredja spoke on Friday, October 16th.

Dr. Aditya Adiredja is an assistant professor of mathematics at the University of Arizona where he regularly teaches calculus, linear algebra, and number theory. He received his undergraduate degree and master’s degree in Mathematics, and a Ph.D. in Mathematics Education from University of California, Berkeley. His research lies in the intersection of mathematical cognition, equity, and undergraduate mathematics. His work focuses on understanding ways that deficit social narratives along with our perspectives on knowledge and learning impact the way that we look at mathematical sense making by students of color. He is always fascinated by ways that students can make sense of abstract mathematical topics using knowledge from their everyday lives.

Dr. Adiredja’s presentation is titled “Focusing on Deficits in Students’ Mathematical Work: An Accepted Norm or Racism?”. Here is the abstract: Together we will reflect on the question presented in the title of this talk. We begin by exploring the nature of deficit narratives about students of color in mathematics education. Despite the focus of many equity-oriented scholars in dismantling these narratives, they continue to persist and infiltrate mathematics classrooms across grade levels. We examine potential reasons behind the persistence of the deficit narratives, including some dominant values and practices from mathematics, as well as resistance from mathematics education researchers to acknowledge their existence. We close by exploring aspects of anti-deficit mathematics teaching as a component of a systemic approach necessary to dismantle deficit narratives about students of color and other marginalized students.

Kate SmithKate Smith spoke on Friday, October 2nd.

Kate Smith has been serving as Rio Salado College’s interim president since August 2018. With nearly 30 years of experience in education, she is a highly regarded and enthusiastic leader who advocates for student success on all levels. Smith understands the barriers that non-traditional students face and is dedicated to making education affordable, accessible and equitable.

Smith decided to devote her career to education nearly 30 years ago with one mission in mind. “Teachers and education change lives— quite simply, that is why I chose a career in education.” Today, she is committed to making education accessible to anyone who has a passion for learning.

“As the acting president of Rio Salado College, I am eager to further advance the progress that has been made to increase access and help students succeed here in Arizona, across the country or wherever they may be through innovative programs, services and partnerships.”

Smith joined Rio Salado in 2016 as the vice president of academic affairs and chief academic officer. In this role she was responsible for adult basic education, community development and partnerships, continuing education, curriculum, early college, faculty, library services, the honors program, incarcerated re-entry programs, institutional research and effectiveness, instructional design, instruction helpdesk, military programs, online and hybrid/blended learning, certificates and degrees and corporate and government partnerships.

Prior to her tenure at Rio Salado, Smith served as the dean of the academic foundations division at Monroe Community College in Rochester, New York. Early in her career, she was an instructor, was then promoted to the role of full professor and later served in administration. Prior to her work at Monroe, she taught high school mathematics and served as a consultant to Hobart and William Smith Colleges and local companies on college and career mathematics readiness.

Smith has a master’s degree in mathematical education from the University of Rochester, a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and German from William Smith College and is a Ferris State University Community College Leadership doctoral scholar.

In May 2020, The Aspen Institute College Excellence Program selected Smith for the 2020-21 class of the Aspen Rising Presidents Fellowship, a highly selected leadership program preparing the next generation of community college presidents to transform institutions to achieve higher and more equitable levels of student success.

Smith is also passionate about learning, giving back, mathematics and supporting friends and family. She and her husband Dennis live in Ahwatukee and enjoy spending time running and hiking Arizona trails.

Kate Smith’s presentation was titled “Belonging in the Virtual Environment”. 

Presenters & Presiders

The deadlines for presenters and presiders has now passed.


The deadline for vendors has now passed.

Lodging & Location

From the comfort of your own home.


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