8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.Pre-Conference Workshops
Men Allies for Gender EquityLongs Peak
Facilitator - Roger Green, Ph.D. - North Dakota State University
This interactive workshop encourages and equips men to serve as effective allies for gender equity in STEM settings. Note: This is a 2-hour workshop from 10 a.m. - Noon. Read more.
Running an Effective "Girl Day" Outreach ProgramCotton Creek II
Facilitator - Tricia Berry - University of Texas at Austin
Join staff from the Women in Engineering Program at The University of Texas at Austin (UTWEP) for an Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day (Girl Day) Workshop based on best practices and lessons learned from UTWEP's award-winning Girl Day program. Read more.
Facilitators - Paige Smith, Ph.D., Cinthya Salazar - University of Maryland; Catherine Amelink, Ph.D. - Virginia Tech
This workshop will focus on developing an understanding of ways to create opportunities for mentorship and leadership within living and learning communities, aligned with efforts to better retain our students and facilitate the development of successful students and future engineers. Read more.
Realizing Potential with MindsetWestminster I
Facilitator - Meagan Pollock, Ph.D. - National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity
This workshop and accompanying Realizing Potential with Mindset toolkit equips educators with strategies to employ in the classroom, and assists in transforming their practice to foster a growth mindset in themselves and in their students. Read more.
12:00 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.Lunch for Pre-Conference Attendees
1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.Opening Keynote - A Research Agenda on Gender in Engineering and Computing
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.Concurrent Sessions
Session M1-T1 PanelWestminster I
The Impact of Course Redesign in Students' Performance and Perceptions Guity Ravai, Sahithya Kodam, Ronald Erdei, Ludmila Nunes - Purdue University
Learn about the effects of an introductory programming course redesign on students’ performance and competence perceptions. This redesign created a student-centered learning environment, fostering student motivation and self-confidence, as well as increased performance.
Session M2-T4 PanelCotton Creek II
Harnessing the Power of IX: How Title IX Can Create Real, Lasting Change Through Assessment Kellie Brennan - The Ohio State University
Title IX is more than a concept of gender equity; it is a change agent. It is more than a discussion starter; it is a practical toolkit. This session will explore practical ways in which academia can harness the power of Title IX to address gender equity within institutional systems through self-evaluation.
Session M3-T4 WorkshopCotton Creek I
Building Inclusive Communities through Effective Dialogue Nicole Nieto - The Ohio State University
Building Inclusive Communities through Effective Dialogue encourages participants to promote inclusion through dialogue. The intergroup dialogue model blends theory and experiential activities to facilitate dialogues about inclusion and intergroup relations. This workshop will examine the difference between discussion, debate and dialogue and include interactive models for dialogue.
4:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.Networking Break
4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.WEPAN Members & Engagement Meeting
WEPAN Members & Engagement MeetingWestminster III/IV
The WEPAN Board and Staff invite all CLF attendees -- members, non-members and guests -- to learn more about WEPAN's current programs, resources and initiatives and opportunities for engagement and involvement.
5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.Welcome Reception
6:30 p.m.Group Dinners (Westminster Promenade)
7:00 a.m. - 7:45 a.m.Yoga
8:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.Keynote Panel - Women of Color: ImpACTing STEM’s Past, Present, and Future (Continental Breakfast)
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.Concurrent Sessions
Session T1-T1 WorkshopWestminster I
A Model for Student Engagement on Competitive Project Teams Shawna Fletcher, Danisha Stern, Judy Amanor-Boadu - Texas A&M University
Competitive project teams are student-directed, multi-disciplinary, hands-on learning experiences. Texas A&M’s WE program supports three all-female teams, with significant impact on retention. Workshop provides discussion on a model of student engagement and growth-mindset. Participants gain shared-practices used to create an institution-specific model for engagement on competitive project teams.
Session T2-T2 WorkshopWestminster II
Hidden Barriers in the Workplace: Equipping Young Women with the Skills They Need to Thrive in Industry Amanda Parker, Cara Lammey - University of Colorado Boulder
Learn about our new Diversity & Inclusion Certificate, which prepares female students to successfully navigate their future workplaces and equip them with the tools necessary to create an inclusive workplace environment. In this interactive session, we will outline the curriculum, resources, assessment, and lessons learned for this program.
Session T3-T3 WorkshopCotton Creek I
Digging into the Discomfort, Challenges and Barriers to Incorporating Diversity Education into Engineering Curricula Walter Lee, Ben Lutz - Virginia Tech; Julie Martin, Shannon Stefl - Clemson University
Are you sometimes overwhelmed by how difficult diversity work can be? Do you wonder what your students, administration, faculty, and colleagues think about the importance of diversity, inclusion, and cultural competency? We do, too! Because none of us has all the answers, let’s explore some ideas together during this hour.
Session T4-T4 WorkshopCotton Creek II
Inclusive Curriculum: Bridging the Gap between Policy and Practice Jan Peters - Katalytik and University College London
We’ll explore the inclusive curriculum (as a quarter of our inclusive engineering education model) with examples from around the world. We’ll share our scoring framework to be used by academics / faculty to review courses and discuss how you might use it. The workshop and tool will also offer ideas of how to train others to be more critical of what is taught and how this might be received by the most ardent sceptic.
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.Park Run/Walk & Networking Break
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.Concurrent Sessions
Session T5-T2 PanelWestminster II
Corporate Roundtable Discussion: Advancing Women in Leadership and a Culture of Inclusion Kristin Perkins, Krystle Rendon, Stephanie Martin - Nucor
Corporate attendees are invited to join in a roundtable discussion to share challenges, opportunities, and best practices surround advancing women into leadership positions and creating inclusive working environments for all in engineering.
Session T6-T4 WorkshopCotton Creek II
Understanding and Initiating Advocates and Allies Programs in Support of Women and Gender Equity Roger Green - North Dakota State University; Jenna Carpenter - Campbell University
Through a combination of presentation and interactive polls and discussions with attendees, this workshop introduces Advocates and Allies programs as an effective way for men to support women and gender equity. Participants will learn how to initiate customized Advocates and Allies programs at their own institutions.
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.Awards Ceremony & Luncheon sponsored by Nucor
1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.Concurrent Sessions
Session T11-T1 WorkshopWestminster I
Hacking a Girls Who Code Club Jamie Saville -University of Michigan
Girls Who Code received a great deal of media attention over the past year. But how successful is Girls Who Code? And how do clubs work? This hands-on workshop will provide information on starting a club and hacking a club to make it work for you. Please bring your laptop!
Session T12-T3 PanelCotton Creek I
How our Institutions Support Engineers (Who Also Happen to be Parents!) Sarah Miller, Cara Lammey - University of Colorado Boulder; Natasha Wright - Google; Julia Carroll - Alcorn
Join us for a candid discussion about policies at our institutions that support parents. Representatives from several different organizations will share leave policies and other family friendly practices. We hope you leave with an example you can bring to your home institution.
Session T14-T4 PanelCotton Creek II
Transforming Engineering Culture to Advance Inclusion and Diversity: Outcomes Gretal Leibnitz, Diane Matt - Co-PIs for TECAID; Elizabeth Litzler - UW Center for Evaluation and Research for STEM Equity
WEPAN's NSF-funded Transforming Engineering Culture to Advance Inclusion and Diversity (TECAID) provided support for ME departments to create and sustain inclusive interactions and cultures that benefit all participants – in classrooms and labs, in student design groups, in faculty meetings and hallway interactions, and in underlying department dynamics. In this interactive session, we will discuss the change model developed, and share outcomes and resources.
2:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.Showcase - Round A & Networking Break
Session TS1-T2 ShowcaseWestminster Foyer East
Uncovering Hidden Bridges Jackie Perez, Jon Buchanan -Texas A&M University; Glenn Weckerlin -Chevron
The Texas A&M-Chevron Engineering Academies are co-enrollment programs between Texas A&M University and select 2-year institutions across Texas. Presenters will describe the impact of the Academies on the accessibility and affordability of an engineering bachelor’s degree and contribution to the diversity of the technologically trained workforce.
Session TS2-T2 ShowcaseWestminster Foyer East
Surviving to Thriving in Engineering Shannon Pole - ICA Consulting
You know the image you had of your future? The one where you were moving toward, feeling like it was your destiny, how you were going to make a difference in the world? You were talking to people about it, and you saw yourself succeeding. But then something happened and it became harder than you thought it would be. Slowly you pulled back, it was getting too difficult. No one was supporting you, so why bother anymore? What happened to your dreams and plans? Where did they go?
Session TS3-T3 ShowcaseWestminster Foyer East
Corporate Service Corps: Valuing Diversity through International Assignment Jessica Eidem, Dan Gateno - IBM
IBM employees will share their experiences and explain the importance of global volunteerism and its impact on inclusion in the workplace. A recent partnership with Michelle Obama's Let Girls Learn initiative puts even more focus on inclusiveness and advancing women around the world.
Session TS4-T3 ShowcaseWestminster Foyer East
Connectivity Series and P&T Smarts: Women of Color Faculty DeLois "Kijana" Crawford - Rochester Institute of Technology
Women of Color Connectivity Series and Promotion and Tenure Smarts serves as tools of empowerment. The overall goal is to cultivate a safe space for social networking and community building by fostering relationships, by combatting isolation through the sharing of experiences, and by providing access to critical information.
Session TS5-T3 ShowcaseWestminster Foyer East
The Importance of Building Interdisciplinary Networks and Community to Promote Gender Equity Natalie Batmanian, Crystal Bedley, Margaret Hare - Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
This showcase focuses on how university faculty, program staff, and administrators can strategically encourage and implement interdisciplinary networks and community building to support women engineers and scientists when creating professional development programs and working to sustain and institutionalize these programs for a more diverse and inclusive faculty body.
3:15 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.Concurrent Sessions
Session T15-T2 PanelWestminster II
Assessment Centre Design around Inclusion Jan Peters - University College London
Unintentional barriers occur at each stage of the recruitment and selection process for women. Balancing facts and actions, drawing on interviews with 25 employers, with some additional thoughts and ideas, this talk will offer insights for employers to make their assessment centres more inclusive.
Session T16-T3 WorkshopWestminster I
Breaking Through: Students and Faculty Readiness for a Different Future Fatma Mili, Christine Sahley, Willie Burgess, Helen McNally - Purdue University
In this session we will discuss questions such as: Are we graduating students with the mindset, the heart-set, and the will to collaborate, empathize across divides, and take risks to embrace an uncertain future? In this workshop we acknowledge that there is a misalignment between an educational system built on an assumption of continuity and linear evolution on the one hand, and a present and future characterized by disruption and exponential evolution on the other. We will collaborate with audience members to identify the conditions necessary to correct this misalignment.
Session T17-T4 WorkshopCotton Creek I
Communicating Diversity to Drive Recruitment and Retention of Engineering Majors Jenna Carpenter - Campbell University; Tricia Berry - University of Texas at Austin; Beth Holloway - Purdue University
Learn how to use messaging, images, corporate and external speakers, professional development training for students, etc., to recruit and retain a diverse group of engineering majors students. Participants will learn about relevant research, select a communication focus area and select resources and strategies for advancing diversity through their identified area of interest.
4:15 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.Showcase - Round B/Networking Break
4:45 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.Keynote Session - Speaking Up to Bias: Bystander Intervention to Bias in the Academy
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.Group Dinners (Westminster Promenade)
8:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.Keynote Panel - Creating the Mindset for Action (Continental Breakfast)
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.Concurrent Sessions
Session W1-T1 WorkshopWestminster I
A Secret Formula: Multi-level Mentoring and Informal Programs Katherine Weber - STEM Equity Consultant
Female students who possess an interest and personal capacity towards STEM-related activities, as well as participate in after-school programs are more likely to pursue careers in STEM. This session will highlight programs with multi-level mentoring approaches that can support university student retention and encourage younger student interest.
Session W2-T2 WorkshopWestminster II
Reframing University-Industry Partnerships to Support the College to Workforce Transition Glenda Young - Virginia Tech; Mike Warburton - Aloft AeroArchitects
This session will review a current university-industry partnership model designed to improve the retention of new graduates entering the workforce and share new research highlighting the formative role co-ops play in influencing pathways to the engineering workplace. Participants leave with a tangible example for reframing their approach to university-industry partnerships.
Session W3-T3 WorkshopCotton Creek I
Exclusionary vs. Inclusionary Practices: Using Interactive Theater to Demonstrate the Differences Lisa Durham - Argonne National Laboratory; Debbie Phillips, Jan Civian - WFD Consulting
This workshop will offer a unique example of implicit bias training that uses interactive theater: a video with actors performing a customized scene capturing typical examples of exclusionary behavior at a STEM workplace. Participants will view the video, discuss effective ways to address the behaviors, and view the scene re-enacted.
Session W4-T4 PanelCotton Creek II
Creating Inclusive Cultures in Engineering Competition Teams Susan Walden, Cindy E. Foor, Deborah A. Trytten - University of Oklahoma
Results from a qualitative examination of engineering competition teams demonstrate that nearly all teams exhibit highly exclusive cultures leading to memberships with even less diversity than engineering. This session will engage participants in applying the WEPAN Framework to the research and developing action plans to create more inclusive team cultures.
10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.Networking Break
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.Hi-5's for Change Presentations and Lunch
Session WH1-T1 Hi-5 for ChangeWestminster III/IV
STEMpowering Women at a Small Two-Year Transfer Institution Jamie C. Douglas, Carrie J. Tirel - University of Wisconsin Colleges
In this presentation, we share our experiences implementing low-cost, effective, and efficient strategies to promote a growth mindset with the goal of improving persistence in freshman and sophomore STEM programs at a two-year transfer institution.
Session WH2-T2 Hi-5 for ChangeWestminster III/IV
STEMpowering Women at a Small Two-Year Transfer Institution Jessica Eidem, Dan Gateno - IBM
Learn about transitioning between technical and management roles. Based on experiences shared, attendees should better be able to decide if management is a good fit. Moving back and forth between management and technical will also be covered.
Session WH3-T2 Hi-5 for ChangeWestminster III/IV
Sustainable Energy Leaders of the Future (SELF) for Rural Girls Sheila Pendse - University of Maine
Learn about the Sustainable Energy Leaders of the Future (SELF) project for rural high school girls in the University of Maine is geared towards encouraging girls to consider engineering careers.
Session WH4-T2 Hi-5 for ChangeWestminster III/IV
A New School K-12 STEM Program Katherine Youmans - American International School of Utah
In this Hi-5 talk we will briefly look at the approach our K-12 school has taken to providing a New School STEM program focused on Design Thinking, Robotics and Computer science within the old school framework of Career and Technical Education.
Session WH5-T3 Hi-5 for ChangeWestminster III/IV
Creating Inclusive Meetings: Lessons from the “Who’s Not at the Table?” Working Conference Shannon Stefl, Julie P. Martin - Clemson University
As organizers of a recent NSF-funded conference, “Who’s Not at the Table: Building Research Capacity for Underserved Communities in Engineering,” the speakers will share strategies for planning an inclusive event from the ground up including key considerations related to accessibility and inclusion, and cultivating a culture of respect among participants.
Session WH6-T4 Hi-5 for ChangeWestminster III/IV
Where and How are Women in Academia Participating in Professional Organizations? Beth Myers - University of Colorado Boulder; Daniela Faas - Olin College; Anne Lucietto - Purdue University; Gretchen Hein - Michigan Technological University; Christy Luks - Missouri University of Science and Technology; Lucy Lenhardt - Penn State Erie
Women in academia are an underrepresented group in many professional organizations. To better understand this population, a survey was created and distributed to the Society of Women Engineers and other professional organizations. A summary of the results will be presented.
Session WH7-T4 Hi-5 for ChangeWestminster III/IV
STEM SMART: Online Professional Development for Middle and High School Science Educators Jocelyn Steinke - Western Michigan University
This presentation provides an overview of and discusses preliminary findings from a study of STEM SMART (Strategies, Media, and Activities for Re-envisioning Teaching), a media-focused, online professional development program designed to enhance teacher recognition of middle and high school students’ science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) identities.
Session WH8-T4 Hi-5 for ChangeWestminster III/IV
Focus, Vision, Retention! Maru Colbert - PCI
Focus, Vision, Retention aligns with “Lights, Camera, Action”. Eliminating detractors to engineering study by women is the focus. The different “lenses” through which engineering is viewed will be discussed. Multi-faceted solutions/action for retention, from the built to the “thought” environment, will be adapted for use by the participants.
Session WH9-T4 Hi-5 for ChangeWestminster III/IV
When WE MEet: Changing the Way Women and Minority Engineering Programs Collaborate Lisa Barclay - The Ohio State University
Join us to discuss how one university implemented a change model theory to increase collaboration and decrease competition among Women in Engineering and Minority Engineering programs. Changing culture and creating a mindset for action.
12:30 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.Closing Remarks
AfternoonTrip to Butterfly Pavilion