Crystal City, Virginia
April 29, 2018
April 29, 2018
May 2, 2018
Diversity and Race/Ethnicity
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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