July 26, 2021
July 26, 2021
July 19, 2022
Women in Engineering
Diversity enables better and more creative problem solving, with greater financial impact on organizations, according to multiple studies in the past 10 years. One long-standing limitation on diversity in the engineering, computing, and technology fields is the persistently-low representation of women. This is often seen in the collegiate environment more than in the professional world, and greater efforts need to be made among students and faculty to address it. Most succinctly, more men need to directly involve themselves as advocates for and allies of women. This panel engages with professionals of both binary gender identities who currently ally and advocate for women in engineering, computing, and technology fields. The goals of the panel are to identify common reasons why men should advocate for women, create support around the simple actions that can be taken in advocacy, and encourage greater allyship for women in the academic world and beyond. The panelists include both men and women from across multiple intersectional identities. The questions include (1) for what reasons are you an ally or advocate for women in engineering-related fields, (2) what experiences have you had in which you have had to take immediate action as an advocate or ally, (3) what do you recommend for easy-to-implement actions to advocate, and (4) how can advocates and allies help implement change at their own institutions. For the paper, each panelist would be asked these questions and their answers would be provided unedited, followed by a summary discussion of actionable items. Existing resources regarding allyship will also be presented. For the panel presentation session, each panelist will have the opportunity to highlight aspects of their answers that bring life to their thoughts to each question and together with other members of the panel can build for an in-depth discussion.
Kirkmeyer, B., & Johnson, M. D., & Abrams, L., & Green, R. A., & McMillon-Brown, L., & Jones, S. A., & Ritchey, P. (2021, July), Advocacy and Allyship by Men for Women in Engineering-related Fields at the College Level Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. 10.18260/1-2--36658
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