June 24, 2017
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June 28, 2017
This Work in Progress focuses on the efforts to embed the exploration of cross-cultural skills, knowledge, and awareness into the professional formation of engineers. In particular, we will provide an overview of a cross-cultural communications workshop that was recently developed for implementation into a living learning community for undergraduate engineering students. In this paper we will describe the work to date, which includes our collaboration with faculty in the field of sociology to develop the workshop and assessment results from its initial implementation. We assessed the workshop using surveys and focus groups with first-year participants. We will also describe our next steps, which will include implementing a training program for upper-class student leaders to assist in their development of activities and interactions with first-year students to help both groups further explore issues related to diversity and inclusion.
One living learning community supports female engineering students and the other supports male engineering students. Combined, these communities support over 600 students, the majority of which are first-year students. The community also includes a large support team of upper class students (i.e., sophomores, juniors, and seniors) who serve as mentors and committee team members. The work presented here is part of a multi-year plan to impact all students involved in the community. In addition to the cross cultural communications workshop, we will develop additional workshops on other topics related to diversity. Our long term goal is to have every student in the community trained at a basic level to recognize why an understanding of diversity issues and possessing cross-cultural skills is critical for their success as an engineer. We are in the early stages of this process and wish to receive feedback from the engineering community. We also aim to serve as model for other institutions that wish to broaden their diversity efforts.
Arnold-Christian, S., & Lee, W. C., & DeLoach, A., & Taylor, A. R., & Matheis, C. (2017, June), Work in Progress: Expanding the Professional Formation of Engineers through a Cross-Cultural Communication Workshop for First-Year Students Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--29157
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