Printable Detailed Program

8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Pre-Conference Workshops

Men Allies for Gender Equity

Facilitator - Roger Green, Ph.D. - North Dakota State University

Running an Effective "Girl Day" Outreach Program

Facilitator - Tricia Berry - University of Texas at Austin

Cultivating Communities of Support and Success through Mentorship and Leadership

Facilitators - Paige Smith, Ph.D., Elizabeth Kurban - University of Maryland; Cinthya Salazar - University of Maryland; Catherine Amelink, Ph.D. - Virginia Tech

Realizing Potential with Mindset

Facilitator - Meagan Pollock, Ph.D. - National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions

Session M1-T1 Panel

The Impact of Course Redesign in Students' Performance and Perceptions  Guity Ravai, Sahithya Kodam, Ronald Erdei, Ludmila Nunes - Purdue University

Session M2-T4 Panel

Harnessing the Power of IX: How Title IX Can Create Real, Lasting Change Through Assessment  Kellie Brennan - The Ohio State University

Session M3-T4 Workshop

Building Inclusive Communities through Effective Dialogue   Nicole Nieto - The Ohio State University


4:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Networking Break

4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

WEPAN Members & Engagement Meeting

5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Welcome Reception

7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.

Morning Yoga

9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions

Session T1-T1 Workshop

A Model for Student Engagement on Competitive Project Teams  Shawna Fletcher, Danisha Stern, Judy Amanor-Boadu - Texas A&M University

Session T2-T2 Workshop

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

Session T3-T3 Workshop

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

Session T4-T4 Workshop

Inclusive Curriculum: Bridging the Gap between Policy and Practice  Jan Peters - Katalytik and University College London

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 Workshop

Corporate-University Roundtable Discussion: Advancing Women in Leadership and a Culture of Inclusion  Krystle Rendon -Nucor; Jennifer Groh -Caterpillar

Session T6-T4 Workshop

Understanding and Initiating Advocates and Allies Programs in Support of Women and Gender Equity  Roger Green - North Dakota State University; Jenna Carpenter - Campbell University

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

WEPAN Awards Ceremony & Luncheon sponsored by Nucor

1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions

Session T11-T1 Workshop

Hacking a Girls Who Code Club  Jamie Saville -University of Michigan

Session T12-T3 Panel

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

Session T14-T4 Panel

Transforming Engineering Culture to Advance Inclusion and Diversity (TECAID): Overview & Outcomes (Part I)   Gretal Leibnitz, Diane Matt - Co-PIs for TECAID; Elizabeth Litzler - UW Center for Evaluation and Research for STEM Equity


2:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Showcase Round A Networking Break


Dialogue with colleagues to learn and share research and best practices for advancing diverse communities of women in engineering. Showcase Round A includes posters and mini-presentations by individuals leading change at their organizations and institutions.

Session TS1-T2 Showcase

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 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.

3:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions

Session T15-T2 Panel

Assessment Centre Design Around Inclusion  Jan Peters -University College London


Session T16-T3 Workshop

Breaking Through: Students and Faculty Readiness for a Different Future  Fatma Mili, Christine Sahley, Willie Burgess, Helen McNally -Purdue University

Session T17-T4 Workshop

Communicating Diversity to Drive Recruitment and Retention of Engineering Majors   Jenna Carpenter -Campbell University; Tricia Berry -UT Austin; Beth Holloway - Purdue University 

Session T18-T4 Panel

Transforming Engineering Culture to Advance Inclusion and Diversity (TECAID): Participant Panel Discussion (Part II)   Thomas Perry -ASME and TECAID Project Leadership Team; Nancy Barr -Michigan Technological University; Zahed Siddique -University of Oklahoma; Rob Stone -Oregon State University; Klod Kokini - Purdue University (as spokesperson)

4:15 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Showcase Round B Networking Break

Showcase Round BWestminster Foyer East

Dialogue with colleagues to learn and share best practices for transforming culture in engineering. Showcase Round B features institutions and organizations who are leaders in the diversity and inclusion space.

NucorCatalyst Level Corporate Member

A Fortune 150 company based in Charlotte, NC, Nucor employs over 20,000 teammates at ~200 facilities across the United States and Canada.

Purdue UniversityInstitutional Champion Member

Purdue’s Women in Engineering Program (WIEP) encourages current and future women engineering students by providing interesting and engaging programming relevant to their lives.

University of DaytonInstitutional Champion Member

The University of Dayton is committed to pursuing diversity within a common mission, building consensus, and educating the whole person through the integration of learning and scholarship with leadership and service.

The University of Texas at AustinInstitutional Champion Member

UT Austin’s Women in Engineering Program (WEP) connects students, educators and professionals through recruitment initiatives, supportive structures and educational services.

University of Colorado-BoulderAcademic Leaders Consortium Member

The BOLD Center is committed to creating a diverse environment where all students are welcome, and where students traditionally underrepresented in engineering are empowered to achieve their dreams.

University of MarylandAcademic Leaders Consortium Member

Maryland’s A. James Clark School of Engineering is a catalyst for high-quality research, innovation, and learning, delivering on a promise that graduates will be ready to tackle the grand challenges of the 21st Century.

University of California-IrvinePremium+ Member

Founded in 1965, the Henry Samueli School of Engineering educates more than 4,000 engineers each year with an integrative approach that blends fundamentals, research and hands-on experience.

ENGAGE EngineeringActivator Sponsor

ENGAGE Engineering, launched in 2009 through an NSF grant, has helped engineering schools retain undergraduate students by implementing proven, research-based strategies into engineering programs.

TECAID – Transforming Engineering Culture to Advance Inclusion & Diversity

TECAID is an NSF-funded project to develop faculty capacity to build, facilitate and sustain inclusive and diverse department cultures that benefit students, faculty and staff.

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 Workshop

A Secret Formula: Multi-level Mentoring and Informal Programs  Katherine Weber - STEM Equity Consultant


Session W2-T2 WorkshopCotton Creek II

Reframing University-Industry Partnerships to Support the College to Workforce Transition  Glenda Young - Virginia Tech; Mike Warburton - Aloft AeroArchitects


Session W3-T3 Workshop

Exclusionary vs. Inclusionary Practices: Using Interactive Theater to Demonstrate the Differences  Lisa Durham - Argonne National Laboratory; Debbie Phillips, Jan Civian - WFD Consulting

Session W4-T4 Panel

Creating Inclusive Cultures in Engineering Competition Teams  Susan Walden, Cindy E. Foor, Deborah A. Trytten - University of Oklahoma

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 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-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 WH5-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 WH6-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 WH7-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 WH8-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


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