Ann Kovalchick
Van Williams
Michele Haynes
Camille Crittenden
Palmer Gibbs
Meggan Levitt

MCC - Theater
Tue, Jul 16 3:30pm - 5:15pm

This session was not recorded, at the request of the presenter - UCTech 2019 Planning Committee

These days, working in IT means everything from coding to budgeting to marketing. IT organizations require diversity to thrive and to manage the emerging complexities that define IT work. Yet legacy norms and expectations may prevail and constrain who gets to contribute – whether that means getting a special project, feeling included, having a voice, or just landing the job. In this session, panelists will discuss how the IT workplace can become more inclusive by reframing what’s considered “technical’ based on their varied professional experience and organizational viewpoints. UC Merced CIO Ann Kovalchick will moderate the panel discussion, exploring such questions as

  • Does “technical” mean something different for women and men?
  • Is there “invisible” work at UC?
  • What can each of us do to respond to stereotype?
  • How can employees at all levels drive change?

All genders are warmly welcomed to attend! The 90 minute session will include the panel discussion and a “meet and greet” for continued networking and conversation.

Previous Knowledge
Panelists have provided the following recommended resources to frame the conversation.

Van Williams



  • Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People by Anthony Greenwald and Mahzarin Banaji
  • Originals: How Non-Conformist Move the World by Adam Grant

Meggan Levitt

Michele Haynes

Camille Crittenden



  • Broad Band: The Untold Story of the Women Who Made the Internet, by Claire Evans
  • Brotopia: Breaking Up the Boys' Club of Silicon Valley, by Emily Chang

Book chapter:

  • Gregory M. Walton and Shannon T. Brady, "The Many Questions of Belonging," in Handbook of Competence and Motivation: Theory and Application, Second Edition. Edited by Andrew J. Elliot, Carol S. Dweck, and David S. Yeager (Guildford Press, 2017):

Software Installation Expectation

Session Skill Level

Session Track
Diversifying IT Culture