Crystal City, Virginia
April 29, 2018
April 29, 2018
May 2, 2018
Diversity and Gender
Recent allegations exposing hostile work environments in technology spaces have made headlines, bringing to light a culture that is generally unfavorable towards women, people of color and other targeted social identity groups. This workshop will examine the structural inequities and barriers women and other underrepresented groups face in technology spaces. Particular attention will be paid to gender. Specific strategies will be shared to increase representation and improve culture.
ASEE data shows that in 2015-2016 there were 112,721 bachelor’s degrees in engineering. Of these 20.8% were awarded to women with 12.3% in Computer and 16.3% in Computer Science (Outside Engineering) (Yoder 2017). These numbers are some of the lowest in representation of women among all engineering disciplines. This paper will explore reasons why women may be underrepresented.
It is important to consider ways in which representation can be increased and culture can be improved in institutions of higher education as well as in the technology profession. The Ohio State University’s ADVANCE office, in partnership with the OSU Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO), has developed a training module to address inequities in technology spaces. This interactive workshop includes strategies for bias interventions, as well as pre- and post-assessments to measure effectiveness of the workshop.
Nieto, N. (2018, April), Technology and Gendered Spaces: Examining Equity and Access Paper presented at 2018 CoNECD - The Collaborative Network for Engineering and Computing Diversity Conference, Crystal City, Virginia. https://peer.asee.org/29584
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