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Minorities in Engineering
Global competition, changes in manufacturing/automation and desire for more sophisticated technology has increased the demand of graduates in STEM fields. Although the graduation of technically competent individuals with diverse backgrounds can help the US regain its competitive advantage, a large percentage of the population are left untapped. In engineering, women, racial and ethnic minorities, and persons with disabilities are classified as underrepresented minorities. Diversity in faculty and academic administration positions lags, which can marginalize or prevent full participation of underrepresented groups graduating in engineering disciplines. This paper will provide a brief overview of our approach and update of a National Science Foundation (NSF) sponsored collaborative project to broaden the participation of underrepresented engineering minorities in engineering academia by providing participants with an improved skill set for entry into a faculty position. The project has completed three, two-week summer intensive professional trainings and recently started the third year of mentoring.
The first summer intensive professional preparation was held at The University of Akron (UA) and had 13 ACADEME (Advancing Career in Academics with Diversity and Mentorship in Engineering) Fellows from UA, universities in the same geographical region, and from the collaborating institutions. Modifications to the advertising approach were successful; yielding applicants from across the country and increased participation. The second summer professional preparation held at The University of Houston had 27 ACADEME Fellows while the training held at Mississippi State University had 25 ACADEME Fellows. This paper highlights the assessment results from the three professional trainings, includes details as to which project activities have worked, and first-hand accounts of how the program benefited Fellows securing academic positions.
Cutright, T. J., & Willits, R. K., & Coats, L. T., & Rodrigues, D. F., & Williams, L. N. (2020, June), Update on Academics with Diversity Education and Mentorship in Engineering (ACADEME) Activities and Fellows Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--35435
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