Virtual - 1pm to 5pm Eastern Time Each Day
January 24, 2021
January 24, 2021
January 28, 2021
Diversity and CoNECD Paper Submissions
In this proposed roundtable and open panel discussion, members of the engineering education community will reflect upon their experiences during a planned week of action to take place February 23rd – 29th as part of a larger project on addressing root causes of inequity. This event follows a planning and organizing workshop held at the 2019 CoNECD conference.
This session will start with a brief framing description by core organizers of the overarching Relational Organizing/Action Research (ROAR) project, in which we are interested in achieving two goals as outcomes of research with and about engineering educators: (1) changing rewards structures so that they value engineering education research contributions; and (2) enacting radical structural change that enhances diversity, inclusion, and equity. These organizers will then facilitate a panel of faculty, administrators, students, and community organizers, who will talk about the successes as well as the difficulties of organizing and implementing the week of actions. Reflections will reveal lessons learned regarding organizing for diversity, inclusion, and social justice in the engineering community, new connections forged, and shifts in mindset achieved, as well as other outcomes of change. Panelists will also discuss general organizing strategies and tactics for successful campaigns.
The Week of Action is intended to raise awareness about issues of equity in engineering, and root causes of racism, sexism, homophobia, ableism etc. It is one step in a process of organizing, conversations, and curating resources that participants are engaging toward creating an extended network for change in engineering education. The work was initially predicated on the Highlander Research and Education Center’s theory of change model which focuses on uncovering greater structural power relations that undergird various forms of inequity, and the everyday changes or educational shifts that can enact the shifting of power relations and making of new worlds. Time for feedback as well as Q&A from the audience will create a more participatory atmosphere for this roundtable.
Foster, E., & Riley, D. M., & Haverkamp, A., & Fatehiboroujeni, S., & Major, J. C. (2021, January), Week of Action: #EngineersShowUp as Intersectional Advocates Paper presented at 2021 CoNECD, Virtual - 1pm to 5pm Eastern Time Each Day . https://peer.asee.org/36137
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