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Seeding a Strategic Campaign to Address Root Causes of Inequity in Engineering Education

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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

Track: Special Topic - Social Justice and Reform Technical Session 6

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Diversity and Special Topic: Social Justice & Reform

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10

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Ellen Foster Purdue University, West Lafayette

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Dr. Ellen K Foster currently holds a post-doctoral appointment in the engineering education department at Purdue University. She received her doctorate in Science and Technology Studies from Rensselaer Polytechninc Institute in 2017, and holds her BA in Astronomy and Physics from Vassar College.

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Jennifer Karlin Minnesota State University, Mankato

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Jennifer Karlin spent the first half of her career at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, where she was a professor of industrial engineering and held the Pietz professorship for entrepreneurship and economic development. She is now a research professor of integrated engineering at Minnesota State University, Mankato, and the managing partner of Kaizen Academic.

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Stephanie Quiles-Ramos ​Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University

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Stephanie is a NSF Graduate Research Fellow attending Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. She has a BS in Industrial Organizational Psychology, a BA in Sociology, and a Certification in Women and Gender Studies. She is a Virginia Tech Pratt Fellow and a Virginia Tech Graduate McNair Scholar.
Her research interest are in Engineering Culture, Institutional Behavior, Women & Racial Minorities in Engineering, Responsible Civic Engagement, and non-traditional Pedagogical Practice in Engineering Education.

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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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Abstract

This participatory workshop session will seed and organize a movement with and for engineering educators who want to enact structural change addressing inequity in engineering. For this purpose, we are interested in testing organizing models from social movements to assess their potential for achieving change in engineering education settings. In doing so, we hope to build and improve infrastructure to aid engineering educators -- especially “lone wolves” who may be disconnected from engineering education research networks -- to support change efforts. We are interested in achieving two goals as outcomes of research with and about engineering educators via our Relational Organizing/Action Research (ROAR) project: (1) changing rewards structures in ways that value engineering education research contributions; and (2) enacting structural change that enhances diversity, inclusion, and equity. During the first step of this ROAR project, we conducted and analyzed interviews to examine what networks and resources are currently available (or unavailable but necessary) for engineering education scholars to feel supported and make structural and institutional change in higher education (see Quiles-Ramos et al 2019, ASEE Conference Proceedings). Building on our findings, this workshop will employ root cause analysis according to the Highlander Research and Education Center’s theory of change in order to generate and evaluate potential interventions addressing the ways in which racism, sexism, ableism, hetero- and cis-normativies enact exclusion and marginalization within STEM education and academia more broadly. As an outcome, this session will gather together like-minded individuals working intersectionally and convene a group dialogue toward brainstorming, organizing, and planning actions in the form of a specific campaign for diversity, inclusion, and equity in engineering education.

Foster, E., & Karlin, J., & Quiles-Ramos, S., & Riley, D. M. (2019, April), Seeding a Strategic Campaign to Address Root Causes of Inequity in Engineering Education Paper presented at 2019 CoNECD - The Collaborative Network for Engineering and Computing Diversity , Crystal City, Virginia. https://peer.asee.org/31789

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