Proceedings of the 2020 ASEE PSW Section Conference, canceled
April 30, 2020
April 30, 2020
October 10, 2020
The lack of visible, swift and meaningful response by our school in response to, among other things, racist events, in many cases hurt students more than the events themselves. In response to seeing students in my classes struggle with feeling unprotected and less-than, I formed the EE/CPE Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Project. “The Project”’s goals were to give students a voice, educate both students and faculty, be visible and to provide services. An example of giving students a voice is the letter they wrote to the EE and CPE chairs asking them to sign a public letter condemning a local racist event. An example of educating faculty and students are our guest speakers on, for example, Title IX changes and our conversations between students and faculty on things that the other don’t realize. An example of being visible is a bulletin board we’ve been given near the EE and CPE offices, student Winter holiday decoration party (instead of our usual Christmas decorations), Coming out day cake party, transfer student welcome party, and a poster signed by many present students to incoming students on how all new students are welcome. Another reason we did the poster was to remind present students to be good to each other and have them rededicate themselves to that. An example of a service is our lending library (being set up now) for students that have trouble paying for textbooks. The group has been active for two years. This year our goals are to capture student and faculty experiences and try to share those to foster a better understanding of the student experience. This paper documents our observations of what the club has done for students and faculty.
Smilkstein, T., & Jose, J. C., & Rios, V. J., & Pieroni, M. C. (2020, April), Cal Poly EE/CPE Diversity, Inclusion and Equity Project Paper presented at Proceedings of the 2020 ASEE PSW Section Conference, canceled, Davis, California. https://peer.asee.org/36248
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