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Campaign Among Engineering Educators

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2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access


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June 22, 2020

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June 22, 2020

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June 26, 2021

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Minoritization Processes and Critical Responses

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Liberal Education/Engineering & Society

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Ellen Foster Purdue University, West Lafayette

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Dr. Ellen K Foster currently holds a post-doctoral appointment in the engineering education department at Purdue University. She received her doctorate in Science and Technology Studies from Rensselaer Polytechninc Institute in 2017, and holds her BA in Astronomy and Physics from Vassar College.

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Donna M. Riley Purdue University, West Lafayette

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Donna Riley is Kamyar Haghighi Head of the School of Engineering Education and Professor of Engineering Education at Purdue University.

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In an open dialogue format that culminates a year of cultivating community we will share out the organizing work, actions, discourse, and reflections to come out of a week of action that is currently in the planning stages for February 23rd - 29th, 2020. The intention of this week of action (directly following E-Week) is three fold. First, we aimed to test promising approaches from social movements and assess their promise for change in engineering education. Second, we sought to deepen conversations around power, privilege, and a critical perspective on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI). This entails challenging current conversations taking place around DEI, and taking time to think about allyship and advocacy for groups and people who may not have been at the table previously. Our third intention was to invite the community to take action; to move engineers toward disrupting the status quo that maintains systems of power and privilege and rethinking how engineering education is shaped by and in turn shapes dominant logics of oppression such as white supremacy, colonialism, racism, and sexism. The paper will briefly go over the social movement organizing theories employed and the networks engaged both inside and outside of engineering in order to achieve these goals. We will then provide details regarding our organizing practices and the specific activities that participants engaged in during the week of action. Finally, we will share reflections on lessons learned and engage the audience in dialogue about the process and its outcomes, with the expectation that the feedback received will inform recurring efforts in this domain, and that some audience members may be engaged in continuing and future organizing efforts.

Foster, E., & Riley, D. M. (2020, June), Campaign Among Engineering Educators Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--34252

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