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Work in Progress: Culture of Productivity—Multipositional Impacts on STEM Graduate Students

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2023 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Baltimore , Maryland

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June 25, 2023

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June 25, 2023

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June 28, 2023

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Equity, Culture & Social Justice in Education Division (EQUITY) Technical Session 11

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D. C. Beardmore University of Colorado, Boulder Orcid 16x16

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D. C. Beardmore recently earned their Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado Boulder (Summer 2023). They are currently the Engineering GoldShirt Program Manager for the Broadening Opportunities through Leadership and Diversity (BOLD) center at the University of Colorado Boulder. Their current and historical positionality statements can be found at

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Angela R. Bielefeldt University of Colorado, Boulder

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Angela Bielefeldt is a professor at the University of Colorado Boulder in the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering (CEAE) and Director for the Engineering Plus program. She has served as the Associate Chair for Undergraduate

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Those who do not conform to the ideology of the “ideal” normative human body/mind are often excluded from Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). Lacking the diversity in experience and perspectives that diverse students, staff, and faculty bring to STEM impedes our society’s progress to a better world. The purpose of this work-in-progress (WIP) paper is to explore the experiences of dis/abled, queer, AFAB STEM graduate students navigating a culture of productivity in their educational journey. This WIP paper offers a narrow preview of the findings in a larger exploratory study. This paper begins to untangle some of the intricacies in a short narrative excerpt through a neoliberal-critical, ableism-critical, and queer lens. This paper offers an invitation to the STEM community to collectively reflect on and engage in conversation regarding our cultural norms and assumptions.

Beardmore, D. C., & Bielefeldt, A. R. (2023, June), Work in Progress: Culture of Productivity—Multipositional Impacts on STEM Graduate Students Paper presented at 2023 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Baltimore , Maryland. 10.18260/1-2--44198

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