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Safe Zone Level 2 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

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Special Topic: Safe Zone Session 2

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Special Topic: Safe Zone

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49

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https://peer.asee.org/31788

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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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Tiago R. Forin Rowan University

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Tiago Forin is a PhD candidate in Engineering Education and researcher at Purdue University affiliated with XRoads Research Group, the Global Engineering Program and the Office of Institutional Research, Assessment, and Effectiveness. He received a Bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Florida State University and a Master's degree in environmental engineering from Purdue University.

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Alisha L. Sarang-Sieminski Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering

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Alisha Sarang-Sieminski is an Associate Professor of Bioengineering and the Director of SCOPE at Olin College of Engineering. Their work focuses on understanding how local experiences, whether it be of cells or people, affect local and global responses. They are a convener of people an ideas working for equity within engineering education.

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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 second level workshop builds on content presented in the Level 1 workshop and focused on helping participants to understand and identify specific concepts and implications of privilege, bias, and microaggressions. Participants will identify various heterosexual and cisgender privileges are and discuss how privileges can be leveraged to help others. They will also learn what biases are, recognize that everyone has biases learned through the social environment in which they have lived and worked, and identify ways to reduce the impacts of biases. Finally, participants will be presented with research regarding the climate for LGBTQ individuals in engineering and STEM and its broader impacts and implications so that they can be better prepared to contribute to an inclusive environment for LGBTQ individuals through implementing inclusive strategies.

Farrell, S., & Sandekian, R., & Forin, T. R., & Sarang-Sieminski, A. L. (2019, April), Safe Zone Level 2 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/31788

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