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Board 136: An Intersectional Perspective to Studying Microaggressions in Engineering Programs

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Tampa, Florida

Publication Date

June 15, 2019

Start Date

June 15, 2019

End Date

June 19, 2019

Conference Session

Women in Engineering Division Poster Session

Tagged Division

Women in Engineering

Tagged Topic

Diversity

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16

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https://peer.asee.org/32245

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6

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Cristina Poleacovschi Iowa State University

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Dr. Poleacovschi is an Assistant Professor at Iowa State University. She researches issues of diversity and focuses on intersectional aspects of microaggressions.

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Scott Grant Feinstein Iowa State University

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Dr. Scott Feinstein is an expert in research design and comparative and identity politics.

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Stephanie Luster-Teasley North Carolina A&T State University

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Dr. Stephanie Luster-Teasley is Professor and Chair of the Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering. Over the last fifteen years, Dr. Luster-Teasley has demonstrated excellence in teaching by using a variety of research-based, student-centered, pedagogical methods to increase diversity in STEM. Her teaching and engineering education work has resulted in her receiving the 2013 UNC Board of Governors Teaching Excellence Award, which is the highest teaching award conferred by the UNC system for faculty.

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Meghan Berger M.A. North Carolina A & T State University

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Meghan is a doctoral student in the rehabilitation counseling and rehabilitation counselor education program at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. Her broad research interests include exploring multicultural issues in counseling. Meghan earned her master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Xavier University of Louisiana. There, she gained experience working on an interdisciplinary research project within education, specifically exploring how stereotype vulnerability and sense of belonging impacts African American engineering students. In the clinical setting, she focuses on culturally relevant therapeutic interventions with various client populations.

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Abstract

Microaggressions are widespread in engineering but have received limited attention from engineering education scholars. This research presents the current state of literature on microaggressions and emphasizes the need to adopt an intersectionality perspective to studying mciroaggressions. The research presents a review of the literature including the (1) study context, (2) study methods, (3) study objectives, (4) microaggressions outcomes and (5) microaggressions types using data from 45 journal articles. Data analysis included coding of the journal articles to identify major themes representing different forms of microaggressions. The current results show that the research studying microaggressions using an intersectional lens is limited. This research contributes to improved understanding regarding microaggressions by identifying the gaps within existing literature on microaggressions. Practically, this research increases the visibility of subtle negative behaviors that engineering minority groups experience and their importance for students’ success and persistence.

Poleacovschi, C., & Feinstein, S. G., & Luster-Teasley, S., & Berger, M. (2019, June), Board 136: An Intersectional Perspective to Studying Microaggressions in Engineering Programs Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. https://peer.asee.org/32245

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