Suzanne Blake


Tanya Amert (Left to right), Diane Pozefsky, Sydney Mantell and Armando Jimenez speak at a panel on diversity in Computer Science on Wednesday hosted by The Computer Science department.

Women and minorities in tech are making their voices heard

The UNC Computer Science Diversity Panel discussed the difficulties women and minority groups can face in the workforce while also celebrating their accomplishments Wednesday night. Tanya Amert, a third-year Ph.D. candidate and former Microsoft software development engineer, recommended that undergraduate students — particularly women and minorities — get involved as learning assistants so that other minority undergrad students can be motivated and inspired by someone who looks like them.

Photo is courtesy of Johna Register-Mihalik. The children are Jenna, 6, and John, 1.

UNC faculty's positive parental leave experiences exceed national standard

Johna Register-Mihalik, an assistant professor of exercise and sport science, had a positive experience with UNC’s parental leave policies when she took leave for a semester after her son was born last year and a few years before that with her daughter. However, she said some faculty members in other departments have a more difficult time taking time off and coming back to work.