June 12, 2005
June 12, 2005
June 15, 2005
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Issues of Diversity in Engineering Education and a Path Forward for Action
Isadore T. Davis Raytheon Missile Systems, and ASEE Corporate Member Council
Eugene Deloatch Dean, College of Engineering Morgan State University
Sherra Kerns VP, Olin College of Engineering, and President, ASEE
Lueny Morell University Relations, Hewlett Packard Company
This is the second of two invited papers for the special panel session on issues of diversity in engineering education. Whereas much work has already been done on the question of diversity and engineering education, many issues deserve attention and much work remains to be done in setting a path forward for real-world action. This paper focuses on why we need diversity for the national well-being – to promote economic and competitive advantage; to provide national benefits to the engineering profession; to leverage the good work that has been done so far; to confront the real, unspoken issues of diversity; and to recommend a path forward for action at the national level. The paper includes a “holistic diversity model” that applies to both education and industry. The model consists of four primary elements: 1) Diversity of Representation; 2) Valuing Diversity; 3) Managing Diversity and; 4) Marketplace Diversity.
On May 17, 2004, America observed the 50th anniversary of the Brown vs. Board of Education Topeka U.S. Supreme Court decision. The Brown decision opened the doors of K-12 and higher education for people of color to pursue educational opportunities in previously segregated schools, colleges and universities across America, particularly in the South.
Ten years later, the 1964 Civil Rights Act-Title VII and President Johnson’s Executive Order 12246 served as two of the catalysts to provide racial minorities greater access to education, employment, public facilities and so forth, to eradicate all forms of discrimination, especially in education and employment. Moreover, these federal laws set the stages for higher education and
Proceedings of the 2005 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2005, American Society for Engineering Education
Davis, I., & DeLoatch, E., & Kerns, S., & Purdy, C., & Morell, L. (2005, June), Issues Of Diversity In Engineering Education And A Path Forward For Action Paper presented at 2005 Annual Conference, Portland, Oregon. 10.18260/1-2--14863
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