federico ardila
associate professor . san francisco state university
profesor adjunto . universidad de los andes . colombia

. research . teaching . cv . personal . sfsu-colombia combinatorics initiative .

(Photo: May-Li Khoe)

In 2016 I wrote the short article Todos Cuentan: Cultivating Diversity in Combinatorics for the Notices of the American Mathematical Society, where I outlined some of my thoughts around trying to build mathematical environments that welcome every interested participant. When I reread this, it feels like a work in progress. It must be a work in progress. But I still agree with these principles I laid out as a foundation for my efforts.

Axiom 1. Mathematical talent is distributed equally among different groups, irrespective of geographic, demographic, and economic boundaries.
Axiom 2. Everyone can have joyful, meaningful, and em- powering mathematical experiences.
Axiom 3. Mathematics is a powerful, malleable tool that can be shaped and used differently by various communi- ties to serve their needs.
Axiom 4. Every student deserves to be treated with dignity and respect.