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Researching Diversity from Multiple, Diverse Perspectives

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2018 CoNECD - The Collaborative Network for Engineering and Computing Diversity Conference

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Crystal City, Virginia

Publication Date

April 29, 2018

Start Date

April 29, 2018

End Date

May 2, 2018

Conference Session

Race/Ethnicity Track - Technical Session II

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Diversity and Race/Ethnicity

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9

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Avneet Hira Purdue University, West Lafayette

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Dr. Avneet Hira is an Assistant Professor in the Human-Centered Engineering Program at Boston College. She received her PhD in Engineering Education and MS in Aerospace Engineering from Purdue University, and BE in Aeronautical Engineering from Punjab Engineering College. Her scholarship is motivated by the fundamental question of how engineering and technology can support people in living well in an increasingly engineered world. Her research focuses on affordances of technology, humanistic design, and engineering epistemology to promote purpose and connection in engineering education. In her work, she partners with students and educators (middle school to undergraduate), youth and their families, community organizations, artisans, makers, designers, and technologists. Currently, she is part of a team setting up the Human-Centered Engineering program at Boston College. 

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Chanel Beebe Purdue University, West Lafayette

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Chanel Beebe is an Engineering Education Researcher at Purdue University where her work focusing on broadening participation in engineering and engineering thinking. Her passion lies in empowering communities to solve their own problems using creative pedagogies and engagement strategies. Her research looks at using the engineering design process to address social issues in a way that keeps the design process in the hands of communities that face the social problems.

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James Holly Jr. Purdue University, West Lafayette Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0002-4671-5277

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James Holly, Jr. is a native Detroiter, educator, and researcher who is focused on mitigating anti-Blackness in P-20 STEM education. He have a bachelor's degree from Tuskegee University and a master's degree from Michigan State University, both in Mechanical Engineering. These experiences motivated his pursuit of a doctoral degree in Engineering Education from Purdue University as he sought to revolutionize the conceptualization of engineering presented to urban Black youth. Dr. Holly, Jr. is currently an Assistant Professor of Urban STEM Education at Wayne State University, where he trains aspiring math and science teachers to critically-conscious STEM educators that affirm the assets of urban non-White students. His research explores the complexities of teaching the STEM disciplines in an urban context, the process of developing engineering-literacy among pre-service teachers, and how the narratives of Black people with STEM degrees can inform equitable STEM education.

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Kayla Renee Maxey Purdue University, West Lafayette Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0002-2341-3866

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Kayla is a doctoral student in the School of Engineering Education at Purdue University. Her research interest includes the influence of informal engineering learning experiences on diverse students’ attitudes, beliefs, and perceptions of engineering, and the relationship between students’ interests and the practices and cultures of engineering. Her current work at the FACE lab is on teaching strategies for K-12 STEM educators integrating engineering design and the development of engineering skills of K-12 learners.

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Morgan M. Hynes Purdue University, West Lafayette

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Dr. Morgan Hynes is an Assistant Professor in the School of Engineering Education at Purdue University and Director of the FACE Lab research group at Purdue. In his research, Hynes explores the use of engineering to integrate academic subjects in K-12 classrooms. Specific research interests include design metacognition among learners of all ages; the knowledge base for teaching K-12 STEM through engineering; the relationships among the attitudes, beliefs, motivation, cognitive skills, and engineering skills of K-16 engineering learners; and teaching engineering.

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Abstract

I am a black man currently studying as a fourth-year doctoral student in an Engineering Education Program.I am a community-engaged scholar operating from a critical research perspective, primarily focused on out-of-school educational experiences for black youth.

I am a woman with a multiracial heritage descending from Indigenous tribes in the United States, enslaved ancestors from Africa and the Caribbean, and European immigrants. I live within the intersections of life as an athlete, engineering, researcher, and mom. These intersections that I navigate daily are at the core of my research interests.

I am an American woman of African Decent with deep roots in Detroit and Native Cultures. I am an artist by passion and industrial engineer by trade. I conduct research on and within the cultures I am a part of (Marginalized peoples, engineers, artists and entrepreneurs).

I am straight, white male who completed a Mechanical Engineering degree. Having participated in engineering education as a member of the dominant culture, I saw opportunities where we could change the culture and be more inclusive and welcoming of diverse perspectives and people.

I am an Indian woman who is living abroad. Having moved between several social groups, cities, and countries since I was a child, I know what it is like to feel like an outsider. With my work, I strive to empower people to find home wherever they find themselves.

In this paper we present autoethnographic work as a culmination of our personal narratives, to answer the question of how researchers from diverse backgrounds conduct research in issues pertaining to diversity in engineering education. Excerpts from these narratives that begin uncovering our identities and positionality are presented above. This work is situated in the understanding that research in diversity, the intentions behind it, and the people conducting it, are not identical.

Hira, A., & Beebe, C., & Holly, J., & Maxey, K. R., & Hynes, M. M. (2018, April), Researching Diversity from Multiple, Diverse Perspectives Paper presented at 2018 CoNECD - The Collaborative Network for Engineering and Computing Diversity Conference, Crystal City, Virginia. https://peer.asee.org/29573

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