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For the past four years, a Diversity and Inclusion Summit (originally called a Town Hall) was held in the Carl R. Ice College of Engineering at Kansas State University, a 16,000+ undergraduate student, predominately white, land-grant institution in the Midwest. The College of Engineering has a selective admissions process, an enrollment of approximately 3,100 students, and direct admit to degree programs with no caps on enrollment. The purpose of this work is to compare the format and outcomes of these events to each other to better understand which programming choices have the greatest impact on engineering student outcomes. Of particular interest is to determine how these events help to create a sense of belonging for underrepresented minorities as well as support the cultural growth and allyship of majority students. The Town Hall events are unique in that they are targeted for the College of Engineering and are jointly planned by students, faculty, and administrative staff. Observational data, university data, event information, and student and staff feedback will be used for the case study. The use of a case study was chosen because of the data available and because case studies have shown to be an effective methodology for tracking and improving program outcomes. The case study began after the third event, preliminary results were incorporated into the fourth event, and then another analysis of all four events was conducted.
The first town hall event featured a faculty panel, guest speaker, and round-table discussions on a variety of topics including LGBTQIA+ issues and veterans’ affairs. The keynote speaker was an engineering graduate of the university who held a high-ranking position with a well-known major employer. The second town hall, similar to the first, featured a faculty panel and round-table discussions. The keynote was delivered by two employees from the diversity and inclusion team at a well-known major employer. The third event was rebranded as a Diversity and Inclusion Summit. It was promoted to students, staff, and faculty as an intercultural learning experience and featured a land-acknowledgement address, student panel, and round-table discussions. The keynote speaker was an engineering graduate of the university who held the position of vice president of diversity affairs with a well-known employer. The fourth event was slightly rebranded once again to a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Summit with small group discussions on a variety of topics and a discussion panel. The keynote speaker was an engineering graduate of the university who held the position of chief diversity officer at a well-known employer. All four events were attended by a college administrator and faculty member who took observational notes regarding the events. A debriefing with the Multicultural Engineering Program Student Advisory Board was completed after the event to obtain student feedback and impressions.
Betz, A. R., & Wanklyn, C., & Bitsie-Baldwin, L. (2021, January), Comparative Case Study of Four Diversity and Inclusion Summit Events Paper presented at 2021 CoNECD, Virtual - 1pm to 5pm Eastern Time Each Day . https://peer.asee.org/36074
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