New Orleans, Louisiana
June 26, 2016
June 26, 2016
August 28, 2016
A two-week residential leadership camp was carried out in Liberia this past August by five U.S. graduate students for thirty Liberian and give U.S. female undergraduate engineering student participants. The goals of this leadership camp were twofold: (i) to empower the Liberian and U.S. women engineers with the skills, support, and inspiration necessary to becoming successful and well-rounded engineering professionals; and (ii) to strengthen the community of female engineers in Liberia by building cross-cultural partnerships among female engineering students resulting in a global network of women engineers. The leadership camp was developed based on continued collaboration between the U.S. and Liberian Society of Women Engineers groups; their identification of specific Liberian engineering undergraduate women’s educational needs; and studies emphasizing and elucidating needs specific to female undergraduates in Liberia, and moreover, undergraduate students in war-torn countries. This paper will present a programmatic overview of this camp. Additionally, this paper will present preliminary data gathered by semi-structured interviews and focus groups with Liberian undergraduate engineering women on the need for and benefit of such an international community.
Rimer, S. P., & Reddivari, S., & Cotel, A., & Dreyer, E. F. C. (2016, June), Towards a Global Virtual Community of Female Engineering Students and Professionals: II. Overview of Leadership Camp for Liberian Undergraduate Women Studying Engineering Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.27063
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