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Diversity and Inclusion Lessons that Support the Traditional Civil Engineering Curriculum

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2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access


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July 26, 2021

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July 26, 2021

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July 19, 2022

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Development Around Diversity

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Civil Engineering

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Pamela K. Judge Roger Williams University Orcid 16x16

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Dr. Pamela K. Judge is an Assistant Professor of Engineering at Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island. Her research interests include geotechnical engineering, coastal protection, equity and social justice in civil engineering, and STEM communication. Dr. Judge is in her third year of teaching at RWU. Prior to joining RWU, Dr. Judge earned a BS in Geological Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines, a MS in Civil Engineering from University of California Berkeley, and a PhD in Civil Engineering from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Dr. Judge worked as a practicing civil engineering in the Washington DC area for six years. She is both a licensed professional engineer (PE) and professional geologist (PG).

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This paper acts as a toolbox for civil engineering educators trying to increase diversity and inclusion lessons in their classrooms. The tools presented in this paper ensure that the rigorous technical components of civil engineering education are maintained. Specifically, this paper presents a series of case studies that highlight diversity and inclusion while simultaneously providing traditional civil engineering course content. This paper also suggests several teaching interventions (both general and case specific) and directly maps out the interventions to ABET learning outcomes. A Transportation Engineering course was used as a pilot initiative by implementing the respective case study. The learning outcomes of the pilot initiative were assessed both with regard to diversity and inclusion lessons and ABET learning outcomes. Civil engineering educators can review the findings of this paper to determine which case study and/or teaching intervention best supports their course or program needs.

Judge, P. K. (2021, July), Diversity and Inclusion Lessons that Support the Traditional Civil Engineering Curriculum Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference.

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