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Women in Engineering
African American women are the least represented population among engineering faculty, and a demographic that faces unique challenges affecting their retention in the academy. This fact was the impetus for an NSF-funded workshop and research project focused on their unique challenges and strategies that enable them to survive and thrive in the engineering academy. This paper summarizes the outcomes of the Intergenerational Mentoring Workshop held Summer 2019, and aims to equip the broader engineering education community with insights for supporting this endangered demographic.
The workshop was attended by 24 African American women engineering faculty (roughly 17% of all African American Women engineering faculty in the U.S.) who represented a wide range of roles in the academy. The day-long workshop consisted of multiple sessions in which participants shared their insights, challenges, and promising solutions. We will share the results of qualitative and quantitative data collected from a focus group with a subset of participants, observations made by an external evaluator, and post-workshop surveys. Preliminary data suggests that all participants (100%) agreed that the workshop met their expectations and encouraged them as a professional. In addition, 95% agreed that the workshop was appropriate for what they needed at this point in their careers and that the overall workshop had an appropriate balance of interactive activities to keep them engaged. Finally, 80% of the participants indicated they had clarity as to how to address challenges African American women face.
The larger study surrounding this workshop includes a synthesis of factors that promote and impede success among African American women across all ranks of engineering faculty. It will result in a blueprint for creating a research agenda focused on broadening participation and ensuring successful advancement of African American women faculty in engineering. Highlights of these research efforts will also be discussed.
Jackson, J. L., & London, J. S., & Mondisa, J., & Adams, S. G. (2020, June), Mentoring Among African-American Women in the Engineering Academy Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--34967
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