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Disability and Engineering: A Case of "Othering"?

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2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access

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Virtual On line

Publication Date

June 22, 2020

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June 22, 2020

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June 26, 2021

Conference Session

Minorities in Engineering Division Technical Session 1

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Minorities in Engineering

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Diversity

Page Count

20

DOI

10.18260/1-2--34467

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https://peer.asee.org/34467

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Stephanie Lezotte Rowan University Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0002-1270-7949

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Stephanie recently received her Ph.D. in education, postsecondary and higher education. Using organizational theories, she is interested in systems and structures that contribute to the oppression and symbolic violence of minoritized and underrepresented students. Her dissertation focused on institutional messages about diversity and inclusion at three engineering schools in the U.S.

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Harriet Hartman Rowan University

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Professor of Sociology, Chair of Sociology and Anthropology Department, Rowan University. Co-p.i. of RED NSF RevED project at Rowan University.

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Stephanie Farrell Rowan University

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Dr. Stephanie Farrell is Interim Dean and Professor and Founding Chair of Experiential Engineering Education Department in the Henry M. Rowan College at Rowan University (USA). She is the immediate past president of ASEE. Dr. Farrell has contributed to engineering education through her work in inductive pedagogy, spatial skills, and inclusion and diversity. She has been honored by the American Society of Engineering Education with several teaching awards such as the 2004 National Outstanding Teaching Medal and the 2005 Quinn Award for experiential learning, and she was 2014-15 Fulbright Scholar in Engineering Education at Dublin Institute of Technology (Ireland).

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Tiago R. Forin Rowan University

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Tiago Forin is a PhD candidate in Engineering Education and researcher at Purdue University affiliated with XRoads Research Group, the Global Engineering Program and the Office of Institutional Research, Assessment, and Effectiveness. He received a Bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Florida State University and a Master's degree in environmental engineering from Purdue University.

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Abstract

This paper presents the experience of “otherness” among students with disabilities in a College of Engineering in the MidAtlantic states. It explores the intersection of disability with other visible and non-visible minority identities, including gender, sexual orientation, race/ethnicity, low socio-economic status, and first-generation college student status. It also explores the impact of disability and the perception of otherness on perceived self-efficacy as an engineer, perceived sense of belonging to the engineering community, commitment to a future in engineering, and engagement in extra-curricular activities in the College, all in comparison to non-disabled students in the College. The data comes from two surveys of all engineering students in the College about the College’s climate for diversity and inclusion, as well as focus groups on diversity and inclusion in the College. Barriers to inclusion and possible resolution of these barriers and their perception, are discussed in the conclusion.

Lezotte, S., & Hartman, H., & Farrell, S., & Forin, T. R. (2020, June), Disability and Engineering: A Case of "Othering"? Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--34467

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