Salt Lake City, Utah
June 23, 2018
June 23, 2018
July 27, 2018
Diversity and ASEE Diversity Committee
We have been working with students in engineering sciences who are designated as having disabilities. However, we find in working with these students studying STEM at XXXX that they are able to teach us all lessons. We have recognized that rather than realizing dis-abiliities, our students contrarily exhibit special abilities and capacities for success. To celebrate this awareness, we have partnered with the Center of Accommodation and Support Service (CASS) at XXXX and the Center for Students with Disabilities at the XX Community College to organize and implement a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM Ability Awareness program.
We report on the implementation of this program, whereby students in the XXXX area who oftentimes represent underrepresented and low socioeconomic communities find strength and support through coming together to discuss common challenges and opportunities. They are often first-generation learners, which presents unique challenges such as lack of exposure to the broad spectrum of STEM Pathways. Our goals are to highlight and address the stereotypes and stigma of the STEM fields. We are increasing awareness of educational and career opportunities in STEM and educating the stakeholders about equal access and equal opportunity.
The program components include keynote speakers, role-models, panels of experts, fun & hands-on activities, and tours of STEM facilities. The speakers share their own experience on various issues such as overcoming the barriers, how a regular day looks like in the workplace, an inclusive work environment, and increasing diversity. We report that through these events we can considerably raise awareness of opportunities to increase the contributions of persons with special abilities in higher education, in businesses and in regional STEM industries.
Golding, P., & Arreola, C., & Fernandez-Pena, C., & Pitcher, M. T., & Brozina, C., & Geller, H. E., & Favela, C., & Stearns, M. (2018, June), Building STEM Pathways for Students with Special Abilities Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/30165
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