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We report on a program initiated at a public, urban, research university to promote institutional change in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) practices through a faculty learning community (FLC). The FLC is a three-year cohort of faculty in the College of Engineering, Design and Computing at the University of Colorado Denver with representation from each of the five departments, as well as faculty at multiple stages in their career (instructors, assistant, associate, and full professors in clinical, research, and tenure tracks). This cohort represents a broad sampling across the college, and provides a foundation for the FLC to influence, transform, and layer a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout the college.
Initial results from this project center on findings that address the research question: How can participation in an FLC nudge engineering faculty to adopt and personalize mindful reflection and DEI best practices? This paper includes initial findings from participant feedback, challenges, and successes from the first year, and a preliminary description of important elements of college culture as a preview of the kind of impacts that may be measured over the duration of the program.
Collopy, A., & Johnson, H., & Goodman, K., & Altman, T., & Darbeheshti, M., & Wood, K., & Mays, D. (2022, August), Exploring Nudging Approaches for Growing a Culture of Diversity and Inclusion with Engineering Faculty Paper presented at 2022 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Minneapolis, MN. https://peer.asee.org/42018
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