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Safe Zone Level 1 Ally Training (90-minute Workshop)

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2019 CoNECD - The Collaborative Network for Engineering and Computing Diversity

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Crystal City, Virginia

Publication Date

April 14, 2019

Start Date

April 14, 2019

End Date

April 22, 2019

Conference Session

Special Topics: Safe Zone Session 1 - Moved from Tuesday at 1:30 pm

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Special Topic: Safe Zone

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48

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Stephanie Farrell Rowan University

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Dr. Stephanie Farrell is Professor and Founding Chair of Experiential Engineering Education at Rowan University (USA). Prior to 2016 she was a faculty member in Chemical Engineering at Rowan for eighteen years. Dr. Farrell has contributed to engineering education through her work in inductive pedagogy, spatial skills, and inclusion and diversity. She has been honored by the American Society of Engineering Education with several teaching awards such as the 2004 National Outstanding Teaching Medal and the 2005 Quinn Award for experiential learning, and she was 2014-15 Fulbright Scholar in Engineering Education at Dublin Institute of Technology (Ireland)tephanie Farrell is Professor and Founding Chair of Experiential Engineering Education at Rowan University (USA) and was 2014-15 Fulbright Scholar in Engineering Education at Dublin Institute of Technology (Ireland).

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Robyn Sandekian University of Colorado, Boulder

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Robyn Sandekian, PhD, is the Manager of Diverse Faculty Recruiting for the College of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Colorado Boulder. In this role, Robyn works with hiring committees throughout the College to ensure that faculty searches reach a broad pool of potential applicants and coordinates training offered by the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT) to identify and reduce implicit bias throughout the search process. In addition, she runs a faculty development and leadership program to train and recruit diverse PhD students who wish to pursue academic positions in engineering or applied science after graduation.

Dr. Sandekian earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in Aerospace Engineering Sciences at CU Boulder in 1992 and 1994, respectively. She went on to earn a Specialist in Education (Ed. S.) degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies in 2011 and a Ph.D. in Higher Education and Student Affairs Leadership in December 2017, both from the University of Northern Colorado.

She is a Founding Leader of the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) Virtual Community of Practice (VCP) for LGBTQ+ Inclusion in Engineering and a facilitator of Safe Zone trainings for engineering faculty and staff who wish to learn more about how to create inclusive environments within engineering for LGBTQ+ individuals.

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Donna M. Riley Purdue University, West Lafayette

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Donna Riley is Kamyar Haghighi Head of the School of Engineering Education and Professor of Engineering Education at Purdue University.

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Christopher Alexander Carr National Society of Black Engineers

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Christopher Carr is the Director, Collegiate and Professional Programs at the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE). He is the World Headquarters representative for the 232 NSBE collegiate chapters and 63 professional chapters around the world at conferences, workshops, panels, and webinars. Christopher mainly works in the area of STEM education and policy, with a particular passion for access to opportunity, diversity in STEM, and education retention. Christopher is co-author on What’s Next with Trident, a backgrounder on the United States and the United Kingdom’s joint nuclear deterrent: the Trident submarine ballistic missile system. Christopher holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relation from William Jewell College, and a Master of Public Policy from Pepperdine University. He is currently working on his Doctorate of Education degree (interdisciplinary leadership focus) at Creighton University. Christopher has read every Malcolm Gladwell publication, fluently speaks fluent Hassaniyya Arabic (but with a distinctive Missouri twang), and spends way too much time overthinking biographies.

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Abstract

Keywords: LGBTQIA+, Faculty, Graduate, Undergraduate

Safe Zone Ally Training workshops are interactive sessions where participants learn about lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) individuals, identities, and issues with the goal of creating a campus Safe Zone. These workshops are necessary because LGBTQ students and faculty on college campuses still experience harassment, exclusionary behavior, and discrimination. This is especially true in STEM departments. This introductory-level interactive workshop is designed so that participants will recognize the concepts of sex, gender, and sexual orientation as independent variables in a person’s identity and will learn to recognize some of the normative assumptions in North American society that can lead to marginalization of those who do not belong to majority groups or fit in with societal expectations. Participants will walk away from the session with tangible examples of how to contribute to an inclusive environment for LGBTQ individuals through implementing inclusive strategies.

Farrell, S., & Sandekian, R., & Riley, D. M., & Carr, C. A. (2019, April), Safe Zone Level 1 Ally Training (90-minute Workshop) Paper presented at 2019 CoNECD - The Collaborative Network for Engineering and Computing Diversity , Crystal City, Virginia. https://peer.asee.org/31787

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