July 26, 2021
July 26, 2021
July 19, 2022
Design in Engineering Education
Technology is often thought to be unbiased; however, the views, perspectives, and experiences of designers are embedded in technology. These biases, whether conscious or unconscious, have resulted in technologies that have been particularly harmful for marginalized populations. One way to mitigate these biases is to incorporate diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) principles into engineering education, specifically within the domain of systems engineering and related fields that focus on designing systems for humans. This paper focuses on exploring the experiences of professionals in systems engineering and related fields that have integrated DEI into their work to provide recommendations for how DEI principles can be integrated into engineering education. Participants were recruited online and through snowball sampling. Semi-structured interviews were completed with 15 participants either over the phone or on a video chat platform. These interviews were analyzed through inductive content analysis, which yielded three themes related to integrating DEI into systems engineering education: curriculum development, course design, and educator development. The results from this study align with recent calls in higher education to decolonize the curriculum. Beyond strategies like ensuring representation in class readings and changing course requirements, this study adds the need to educate students in methods like participatory design that aim to reduce power dynamics and incorporate diverse perspectives throughout the design process.
Rogers, C. C., & Valdez, R. S. (2021, July), Designing for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Systems Engineering Education Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. 10.18260/1-2--36929
ASEE holds the copyright on this document. It may be read by the public free of charge. Authors may archive their work on personal websites or in institutional repositories with the following citation: © 2021 American Society for Engineering Education. Other scholars may excerpt or quote from these materials with the same citation. When excerpting or quoting from Conference Proceedings, authors should, in addition to noting the ASEE copyright, list all the original authors and their institutions and name the host city of the conference. - Last updated April 1, 2015