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Broadening Participation in Engineering: U.S.-Trinidad-Anguilla Partnership

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 23, 2018

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June 23, 2018

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July 27, 2018

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Monica Gray P.E. Lincoln University

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Dr. Monica Gray is an Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at The Lincoln University. She simultaneously received her PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering (Water Resources concentration) and Masters of Public Health (Environmental & Occupational Health concentration) from the University of South Florida, Tampa. She also received a Masters in Biological Engineering from the University of Georgia, Athens and B.S. (Hon.) in Agricultural Engineering from the University of the West Indies, Trinidad. Dr. Gray is a seasoned engineer and educator who has lived, studied and worked in various countries around the world.

Prior to arriving at The Lincoln University, she managed the global curriculum portfolio for over a hundred and twenty programs in sixteen countries at Arcadia University and was instrumental in successfully developing and implementing study abroad opportunities and exchanges for undergraduate engineers from institutions across the country, while internationalizing the engineering curriculum through cooperation, consortia and curriculum integration.

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African Americans are underrepresented in both the engineering workforce and study abroad. Researchers, Bowman and Sage summarized, "Preparing a diverse, globally-engaged scientific and technological workforce necessitates strengthening international research opportunities for students under-represented in STEM fields". In 2014, Lincoln University, the nation's first degree-granting Historically Black College and University (HBCU), started its Engineering Science Program and made a deliberate decision to infuse study and research abroad into the curriculum as a retention and competency-building strategy. The engineering workforce will only benefit from a significant proportional increase in culturally competent African Americans especially in today’s increasingly global economy. HBCUs can play an important role in solving this national challenge. This paper describes the developing partnerships among, Lincoln University of Pennsylvania, The University of the West Indies in Trinidad and Tobago and Anguilla Community College in Anguilla as well as the resulting impact on the minority participants.

Gray, M. (2018, June), Broadening Participation in Engineering: U.S.-Trinidad-Anguilla Partnership Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--30160

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