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Empowering Displaced Students through a Local Community-centered Engineering Education Framework

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2021 CoNECD


Virtual - 1pm to 5pm Eastern Time Each Day

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January 24, 2021

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January 24, 2021

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January 28, 2021

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CoNECD Session : Day 2 Slot 5 Technical Session 1

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Diversity and CoNECD Paper Submissions

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Claudio Freitas Purdue University

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Claudio holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechatronics at Higher Education Institute of Amazonia (2011), and he holds his Master's degree in Electrical Engineering from the State University of Campinas (2014). In 2020, he completed his doctorate in Engineering Education at Purdue University.

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Jennifer Deboer Purdue University at West Lafayette (COE)

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Jennifer DeBoer is currently Associate Professor of Engineering Education at Purdue University. Her research focuses on international education systems, individual and social development, technology use and STEM learning, and educational environments for diverse learners.

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There are many opportunities to use engineering skills to improve living conditions in displacement. However, displaced populations are often overlooked as potential engineers for their community. In a time where the global policy arena is discussing strategies to foster self-reliance by helping them to become part of the solution, the desire to develop solutions to displaced communities is more important than ever. On the one hand, there are many ways to use engineering education to promote self-reliance. On the other hand, there is a lack of policies and conditions to enable educators to design engineering education programs effectively in these settings. In light of these constraints, existing engineering solutions often come through international programs or external aid. This paper intends to examine a pedagogical framework, called localized engineering in displacement (LED), designed to provide displaced students with an opportunity to attend and earn credit for an undergraduate introductory engineering course within their community and foster local capacity building.

Freitas, C., & Deboer, J. (2021, January), Empowering Displaced Students through a Local Community-centered Engineering Education Framework Paper presented at 2021 CoNECD, Virtual - 1pm to 5pm Eastern Time Each Day .

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