Salt Lake City, Utah
June 23, 2018
June 23, 2018
July 27, 2018
Women in Engineering
This paper draws on data from the NSF ADVANCE-funded LATTICE program (Launching Academics on the Tenure-Track: an Intentional Community in Engineering) to examine how an interdisciplinary and racially/ethnically diverse group of women worked across different social and professional identities to organize a workshop for early-career women faculty in Engineering and Computer Science. Using applied anthropological methods, we elucidate the social dynamics and power relations involved in forming a coherent group identity, and the boundaries we build and breach to advance a social and intellectual movement aimed at broadening participation in engineering disciplines. We ask: How do the organizers remain attentive to, negotiate, and effectively work across differences in social identities and disciplines? We also investigate the strategies of organizers use to foster solidarity among women working for the advancement of other women. In particular, we focus on how members communicated and collaborated across different racial, ethnic, and disciplinary identities to generate trust and enrich our commonalities, friendships, and shared personal and professional goals. Our analysis is not only intersectional, it also crosses the boundaries of the personal and professional, the individual and collective. We actively facilitate and explore the tensions that exist in these false binaries within the LATTICE coherent group. Our lived experiences and relationships as change agents in academia help to further elucidate the values, practices, relationships, and politics that reproduce white, male hegemony in engineering. Our findings provide guidelines for others who work across, with, and through various dimensions of difference in social, political, professional, and cultural identities to advance equity and inclusion in engineering fields.
Carrigan, C., & Tanguay, S. K., & Yen, J., & Ivy, J. S., & Margherio, C., & Riskin, E. A., & Grant, C. S., & Horner-Devine, M. C. (2018, June), Building and Breaching Boundaries: an Intersectional Coherent Group Approach to Advancing Women Faculty in Engineering Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--30162
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