Global Engagement in Diversity

Our IFEES | IIDEA Webinar: “Global Initiatives in Diversity” aims to provide cutting edge research and programs that foster high levels of cultural competence. Diversity, is indeed, a priority to IFEES. David Delaine, IFEES VP of Diversity, describes ways that IFEES leads and nurtures worldwide initiatives in diversity. Renetta Tull shares narratives of students, mentors, and global audiences who are positively impacted by university programs. She describes ways that these programs influenced students in considering themselves to be more globally engaged citizens with responsibilities to use engineering talents to serve humanity. Tull also discusses collaborative engineering experiences with global communities including SPEED, LACCEI, GCSP, and LSAMP. Stephanie Farrell presents interesting perspectives on initiatives for LGBTQ inclusion in engineering from policy, classroom, and workplace ecologies. Her discussion introduces critical topics on inclusion and highlights advances in equality in education through innovative, NSF-funded technology that fosters a community of practice. Christina White facilitates the discussion with the panelists and with our global audience.

David Delaine
Vice-President of Diversity & Inclusion
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Climate Change: LGBTQ Inclusion in engineering
Stephanie Farrell
Professor & Chair of Experiential Engineering Education
Rowan University
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The need to increase diversity and inclusion in the field of engineering is widely recognized around the globe as a critical issue in our profession.  This has resulted in an abundance of research and vigorous efforts to increase participation of underrepresented groups in engineering.  Despite the recent advances in LGBTQ equality through legislation and societal acceptance in some countries around the world, LGBTQ individuals face exclusion, discrimination and overt hostility in many environments – including classrooms and workplaces.  This presentation introduces the critical topic of LGBTQ inclusion from a cross-cultural perspective as well as a workforce perspective, and highlights some of the advances resulting from the work of the NSF-sponsored Virtual Community of Practice for LGBTQ Equality in Engineering.

Increasing Engineering Identity Among Diverse Students through Global Engagement
Renetta Tull
Associate Vice Provost for Graduate Student Development & Postdoctoral Affairs
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
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The University System of Maryland (USM) within the United States has two pipeline development programs, sponsored by the National Science Foundation, that focus on broadening the participation of scholars in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). These programs, led by the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), are PROMISE: Maryland’s Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP), and the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP). There are several AGEP and LSAMP programs around the US, but the programs at UMBC, in collaboration with other universities within the state of Maryland, have uniquely engaged their underrepresented minority students in global activities through participation in the Student Platform for Engineering Education Development (SPEED) at conferences of the Latin and Caribbean Consortium of Engineering Institutions (LACCEI) and the World Engineering Education Forum. Students have engaged in collaborative humanitarian engineering idea generation with others from around the world, using the National Academy of Engineering’s Grand Challenges as a framework to tackle issues such as poverty, sustainable energy, and affordable education. To date, the students have participated in SPEED activities through LACCEI and WEEF in Ecuador, the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, and Korea. Some students were traveling internationally for the first time. All participants have since considered themselves to be more globally engaged citizens of the world, with a responsibility to use their engineering talents to serve humanity. Connecting our underrepresented minority students to global audiences has increased their engineering identity, increased retention, and led them to develop their own projects and collaborations with enhanced global awareness. Retention of underrepresented minorities in engineering has been difficult, and role models are few, however, the students of PROMISE and the USM LSAMP who have participated in the global engagement activities have thrived academically and professionally. Further, these students, many of whom may be among the next generation of professors, are actively recruiting more underrepresented students into engineering, have high levels of cultural competency, have colleagues and friends from around the world, and are already becoming strong mentors for other students. Renetta Tull’s presentation in this webinar will provide some details for establishing a global engagement initiative for undergraduate and graduate students, and will highlight some of the scholar’s successes.

Moderated by
Christina White
IFEES Webinar Series Designer
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