June 14, 2015
June 14, 2015
June 17, 2015
Minorities in Engineering, Women in Engineering, Technological and Engineering Literacy/Philosophy of Engineering, and Engineering Leadership Development Division
26.1006.1 - 26.1006.19
Interactive Panel on Perspectives and Practical Skills for Men as Advocates for Gender EquityMany factors – systemic and non-systemic, conscious and unconscious, policy and climate – cannegatively impact the participation of minority group members in an organization. Particularlywhen a majority group is highly dominant, these barriers pervade recruitment, retention,advancement, and overall climate; diversity suffers, and the overall effectiveness and health ofthe organization is diminished. Academia has a long history of dominance by men. This hasbeen and remains particularly true in engineering.There is a growing body of evidence that men and majority individuals can serve crucial roles tosupport the advancement of women within organizations. To be effective, however, requiresbroad commitment and intentional and informed advocacy. Unfortunately, there are many forcesthat undermine men’s participation as advocates, including apathy, lack of knowledge, and fear.Men, especially those with a record of effective advocacy, can help promote men’s engagementas advocates.This panel will bring together a group of men with diverse backgrounds and experiences todiscuss their perspectives and offer practical skills for men to effectively serve as advocates forgender equity. Panelist discussion will focus on 1) awareness of issues, including unconscious bias, male privilege, and unearned advantage 2) individual-level advocacy: barriers and opportunities 3) institution-level advocacy: barriers and opportunities 4) advocacy best practices, including a focus on male advocates working with other men 5) examples of effective advocacy in actionA paper will be compiled that captures the background of utilizing men as advocates for genderequity; describes the panelist’s perspectives, experiences, and recommendations for effectiveadvocacy; and concludes by identifying common themes, advocacy best-practices, and how totake the first steps to get involved.Panel attendees, particularly men and administrators, will benefit by understanding barriers toadvocacy, learning best-practices of effective advocacy, and hearing first-hand experiences ofsuccessful advocacy.
Genalo, L. J., & Green, R. A., & Holloway, B. M., & Holmes, A. L., & Kirkmeyer, B. P., & Kokini, K., & Lopresti, D., & Minerick, A., & Sukumaran, B. (2015, June), Interactive Panel on Perspectives and Practical Skills for Men as Advocates for Gender Equity Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24343
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