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In this webinar, hosted by the Alumnae Association, Mary Fleischli ’93 explains how algorithms influence the misinformation and harassment we see on social media platforms. Fleischli asserts that, while some actions have been taken to address the negative side of social media, more can be done. She will discuss other actions that could be taken by social media companies, government and individuals. Attendees will leave this webinar with a greater understanding of actions that can be taken to improve their social media experience. 

Mary Fleischli ’93 is a data scientist who works for the University of Connecticut’s Institute for Collaboration on Health, Intervention, and Policy (InCHIP). She studies the association between racial discrimination and African Americans’ mental and physical health. Previously, she was an actuary and built predictive models to quantify insurance risk. She graduated from Mount Holyoke College in 1993 with a B.A. in mathematics and from the University of Connecticut in 2015 with a master’s degree in statistics. 

This event will be recorded. This event is being conducted over Zoom. As the host, Mount Holyoke College reserves the right to record this session and the event sponsors will give prior notification to event participants of any intention to do so. The recording feature for others is disabled so that no one else will be able to record this session through Zoom. At all times, no recording by any other means is permitted without prior written permission from the event sponsor or as an approved accommodation.

This event will include an oral and visual presentation about algorithms in social media. For inquiries about the accessibility of this event or to request any accommodations, please email programs_team-g@mtholyoke.eduor call Danielle Lund at 413-538-2159. Please make accommodation requests ten business days prior to the event or sooner in order to allow for implementation time; however, in all situations, a good faith effort will be made to provide accommodations up until the time of the event.

This event is scheduled at 12 p.m. EDT on October 28. To view in your timezone, you may wish to visit for a timezone converter:

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  • Lisa G. Ullman
  • Cara Lapenas
  • Nichole Reynolds

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