June 15, 2014
June 15, 2014
June 18, 2014
Minorities in Engineering
24.483.1 - 24.483.15
ENGAGE 2Be Engineers Mentoring Program for Minority Students Submitted to the ASEE Minorities in Engineering DivisionEngaging the Next Generation of African-American Graduates Entering Biomedical,Biological, and Environmental Engineering Careers (ENGAGE 2BE) aims to address thecurrent worker shortage and lack of diversity in various fields of engineering. Improvingthe diversity of viewpoints and experiences within the engineering field will fuelinnovation and draw on a talent pool that will fill the current workforce needs. In orderto increase underrepresented minority (URM) participation in engineering multiplestrategies must be employed, two of which are increasing the retention and completionrates of URMs and women in engineering B.S. programs; as well as increasing thenumber of URMs and women that attend and complete graduate school in a science,technology, engineering, or math (STEM) field.An impactful mentoring program has been designed and implemented that leveragesstudent strengths through social media to support students as they matriculate towardstheir B.S. degrees. Now entering its second academic year the ENGAGE 2BE programtargets students who are URM, low income, first-generation, from immigrant or migrantworker families, have disabilities, or have children. The program provides mentoringacademic support, and professional development through impactful workshops onunderstanding your strengths, being successful as a woman in a field highly populated bymen, and preparing for graduate school. In addition, support is provided for studenttravel, to increase professional development and preparation to work in a global society.This paper reports on the ENGAGE 2BE program including program motivation,operations and management plans, as well as current assessment data and lessons learned.The information provided will aid others who are interested in strengthening supportnetworks for undergraduate students in engineering.
McCullough, M. B. A., & Luster-Teasley, S., & Gloster, C., & Parrish, L., & Williams, M. F., & Bailey, R. S. (2014, June), ENGAGE 2Be Engineers Mentoring Program for Minority Students Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. https://peer.asee.org/20374
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