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Diversity and Inclusion in Engineering: A Collaboration with the Students

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2018 CoNECD - The Collaborative Network for Engineering and Computing Diversity Conference

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Crystal City, Virginia

Publication Date

April 29, 2018

Start Date

April 29, 2018

End Date

May 2, 2018

Conference Session

Race/Ethnicity Track - Technical Session I

Tagged Topics

Diversity and Race/Ethnicity

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7

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https://peer.asee.org/29526

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Ruth E. Davis Santa Clara University

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Ruth E. Davis is the Lee and Seymour Graff Professor and Associate Dean for Undergraduate Engineering at Santa Clara University. Her dissertation, "Generating Correct Programs From Logic Specifications," won the 1979 ACM Doctoral Forum Award for Outstanding Ph.D. Thesis in Computer Science. Dr. Davis was named a Distinguished Scientist of the ACM in fall 2006. She has done research in formal methods in software engineering, but for the past 10 to 15 years has been more involved in several activities to increase the participation of underrepresented groups in engineering.

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Sarah Kate Wilson Santa Clara University

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Sarah Kate Wilson earned her A.B. in mathematics from Bryn Mawr College in 1979 and her M.S. and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Stanford University in 1987 and 1994, respectively. She has worked in both academia and industry. She served as the Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Communications Letters from 2009 to 2011, and has been an associate editor for IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, IEEE Communications Letters, IEEE Transactions on Communications, and the Journal of Communications and Networks. She was the IEEE Communications Society Director of Journals for the term 2012-2013 and was the Vice President for Publications for the IEEE Communications Society for the term 2014-2015. She is a Professor of Electrical Engineering at Santa Clara University and a Fellow of the IEEE for contributions to orthogonal frequency division multiplexing.

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Kimberley Gonzalez

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Jennifer Yarp Santa Clara University

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Muna Zaki Sinada Santa Clara University

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Muna is currently pursuing her Masters Degree in Computer Science and Engineering at Santa Clara University. She earned her Bacholors degree in Computer Science and Engineering at Santa Clara University in 2017. As an undergraduate, Muna held various leadership positions. Muna was the president of Association of Computing Machinery- Women Chapter for two years. She also held programs chair and treasurer positions in the National Society of Black Engineers chapter at SCU. Muna has always had a passion in contributing to the movement to bring more women and people of color into the STEM fields.

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Naeem Khari Turner-Bandele Santa Clara University

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Naeem Khari Turner-Bandele is pursuing his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering at Santa Clara University. In the fall, he will enter an electrical engineering Ph.D. program. He is dedicated to changing the world by reducing power and energy disparities in underserved communities, improving childhood literacy, and introducing children to the amazing world of S.T.E.M. Currently, he serves as the Region VI Chair-Elect for the National Society of Black Engineers.

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Abstract

At Santa Clara University, we have had several programs and efforts in place to increase diversity in the school of engineering. We have offered summer programs for underrepresented students to encourage them to consider engineering, we offer day programs for local high school students and have several outreach efforts in the local community. These efforts are not aimed at recruiting to SCU, but at recruiting for the engineering disciplines at large. We cannot measure the impact of these programs accurately, as we do not have sufficient contact with the participants once the programs finish.

Lately, we have recognized the need to focus on ensuring an inclusive environment for the diverse students we have enrolled. This came about largely due to the efforts of the students themselves. They were unaware of any efforts we had in place, and thus assumed none existed. In addition to being more public about our efforts, we wanted to know about their experience. The students ran a student forum on diversity and inclusion in the school of engineering, and provided an enlightening report to the leadership of the school. This has resulted in a partnering between the administration and the students in addressing the issues they brought forward. This paper is focused on the recommendations of the students and the response to those recommendations.

Davis, R. E., & Wilson, S. K., & Gonzalez, K., & Yarp, J., & Sinada, M. Z., & Turner-Bandele, N. K. (2018, April), Diversity and Inclusion in Engineering: A Collaboration with the Students Paper presented at 2018 CoNECD - The Collaborative Network for Engineering and Computing Diversity Conference, Crystal City, Virginia. https://peer.asee.org/29526

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