Crystal City, Virginia
April 29, 2018
April 29, 2018
May 2, 2018
Diversity and Faculty
The College of Engineering at a public research institution, with Land Grant and Sea Grant designations, has committed to becoming a community of faculty, students, and staff that is increasingly more inclusive, collaborative, diverse, and centered on student success.
We are meeting this commitment in part through design and implementation of new and revised practices for recruitment, professional development, mentoring, and advancement. But changing organizational culture is a large-scale undertaking. In order to build an organizational conscience for the college and secure its transformation into a community where all members feel welcome and engaged, “top-down” policy change must be complemented by enlistment of change agents from every employment sector of the college. For this purpose, a 20-member Change Team — including a balance of tenure-track and professional faculty and staff — was assembled in AY18 and empowered to work with college leadership to envision, develop, and resource infrastructure and communication needs to engage all college employees in our culture change process.
The work of the Change Team has emerged as essential to advancing our goals in relation to community. We will discuss inception and evolution of the Team, and profile five projects launched in AY18:
• Increasing competency and building an organizational conscience (this project foregrounds the symbolic level of oppression through bringing two events to campus, featuring an internationally acclaimed social justice scholar, and a play that explores the dangers of racism and political correctness).
• Design of modules to enhance graduate students’ capacities to engage issues of inclusivity, equity and social justice.
• Development of a scaffolded approach to enhancing undergraduate students’ knowledge and skills supporting inclusive and socially just teaming practices.
• Alignment of ‘Action Plans’ developed by engineering faculty and administrators who completed the NSF-supported ADVANCE seminar.
• Revision of the manufacturing engineering undergraduate curriculum in order to enhance its flexibility and accessibility.
Bothwell, M. K., & Akkaraju, P., & McGuire, J., & Tran, T. T., & Zigler, A. (2018, April), Advancing the College of Engineering Strategic Goal of Becoming a National Model of Inclusivity and Collaboration Paper presented at 2018 CoNECD - The Collaborative Network for Engineering and Computing Diversity Conference, Crystal City, Virginia. https://peer.asee.org/29513
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