New York, New York
November 1, 2019
November 1, 2019
November 30, 2019
Engineering Diversity at Queensborough Community College
Underutilized Science and Engineering [S&E] human resources, have a negative impact on a society’s ability to innovate and find creative solution to challenges. The story of Katherine Goble, Mary Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and JoAnn Morgan all of who were women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics [STEM] working at NASA in the 1960’s serve to illustrate this point. A society is more successful when it finds a way to harness the contribution of a diverse workplace.
Queensborough Community College [QCC] of the City University of New York has a multifarious student population in one of New York City most diverse borough of Queens County. Using the Fall 2018 semester fulltime enrollment data, our student body consists of 50.5 % female and 49.5% male. The racial make up the student body comprises students from 127 nationalities and over 78 different languages. The ethnicity of the college population comprises of 26% African American, 1 % native American Indian, 30% Asian or Pacific Islander, 15 % Caucasian and 29 % Hispanic / Latino .
However, with this diverse pool of students, in this melting pot that is QCC, the Engineering Technology Department has to innovate and implement several strategies to attract, and retain students. Our recruitment and retention efforts support our goal of having a diverse student body that includes students from the underrepresented groups in our academic programs. This paper will look at the details of the effort and programs utilized and by the QCC Engineering Technology Department. Some we have found to be successful and would like to highlight our successes. These efforts include our High school recruitment effort aimed at recruiting student from our local high school communities. The department conducts a Summer Robotics program, used to introduce theories and application of different STEM disciplines including Mathematics and Computer Programming concepts to a select group of the local high school students. This effort is intended to encourage students to consider a career in STEM and hopefully to choose one of the many STEM programs at QCC in particular. The Coding and 3D Printing Technology workshops, were conceived to encourage more female participation in Engineering. The department realized that although female students represent 50 % of our population, their representation in the STEM programs were significantly below 50% of our enrollment. This program was designed to address some of these concerns. This paper will also look at the goal and effort taken to reorganize our curriculum to help our department with student retention once they enroll in one of our programs.
Gayle, M., & Seo, D., & Mangra, D. (2019, November), Engineering Diversity at Queensborough Community College Paper presented at 2019 Fall Mid Atlantic States Conference, New York, New York. https://peer.asee.org/33803
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