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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.

Cultivating Communities of Support and Success through Mentorship and LeadershipCotton Creek I

Facilitators - Paige Smith, Ph.D., Elizabeth Kurban - University of Maryland; 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 Workshop Attendees

1:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Welcoming Remarks

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

Networking BreakWestminster Foyer East

Break the ice and get to know your fellow Forum attendees with our facilitated networking session. Coffee will be served.

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

Welcome ReceptionWestminster IV

Whether you are a first-time attendee or a longtime member of the WEPAN community, the Forum Conference Committee would like to personally welcome you to the 2017 WEPAN Change Leader Forum!  This is a great opportunity for newcomers and anyone interested in contributing to our community to discover ways to get involved.  WEPAN leaders will be on hand to answer any questions you have about our organization.  Enjoy light refreshments while networking with other attendees.  Tell us how you would like to get involved with WEPAN, and enter a drawing for door prizes!

6:30 p.m.

Group Dinners

Group Dinners ("No host")Westminster Promenade Restaurants

Network with colleagues over dinner at one of the restaurants along the Westminster Promenade. Attendees can sign up to join one of five dinner group discussions: (1) Faculty Retention & Recruitment, (2) Undergraduate Student Retention, (3) College to Workforce Pathway & Workforce Retention, (4) Department Culture & Engaging Male Allies, and (5) Current Events & Hot Topics. Sign ups are available at the Registration & Information Desk. Meet in the Westminster Lobby at 6:25 p.m. to join a group leader who will guide you to your restaurant.

7:00 a.m. - 7:45 a.m.

Morning Yoga

Morning Yoga sponsored by the CLF Leadership TeamWestminster South Courtyard

Start off the day in the right mindset with an invigorating yoga session led by Mountain Movement! The session will be geared towards both beginners and those with yoga experience.  Sign ups will be at the registration desk. A limited number of yoga mats will be available, so bring a mat or towel if you can.

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 WorkshopCotton Creek 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 WorkshopWestminster 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

Park Run/Walk & Networking BreakTrail through City and Westerfield Parks

Reset your mindset with some fresh air!  Follow the Westin Workout Running Map from the Westin Westminster through City and Westerfield Parks.  Walk or run along with our group, which will assemble at the hotel’s front entrance at 10:30 a.m., or go at your own pace. Printed maps will be available at the registration desk.

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions

Session T5-T2 WorkshopCotton Creek II

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

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 WorkshopWestminster 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.

WEPAN Awards Ceremony & Luncheon sponsored by Nucor

WEPAN Awards Ceremony & LuncheonWestminster III/IV

WEPAN Awards honor key individuals, programs, and organizations for accomplishments that underscore WEPAN’s mission. Honorees demonstrate extraordinary service, significant achievement, model programs, and exemplary work environments that promote a culture of inclusion and the success of women in engineering.

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 PanelWestminster II

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

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


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 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 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 PanelCotton Creek II

Assessment Centre Design Around Inclusion  Jan Peters -University College London

A UK study included 25 large engineering employers and described areas of bias, in particular, in selection processes and at on-site interview days. The results will be shared and discussed in this interactive format: the discussion will ask “What are your experiences? what could be improved?” Let’s evolve these guidelines to prevent bias excluding female students from engineering careers.

Session T16-T3 WorkshopCotton Creek I

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

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, including helping each participant develop a plan for action for each participant to take to their home institution.

Session T17-T4 WorkshopWestminster I

Communicating Diversity to Drive Recruitment and Retention of Engineering Majors   Jenna Carpenter -Campbell University; Tricia Berry -UT 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.

Session T18-T4 PanelWestminster II

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)

A continuation of session T14-T4, team members from engineering departments who participated in WEPAN's NSF-funded Transforming Engineering Culture to Advance Inclusion and Diversity (TECAID) project share what they and their teammates learned, experienced and accomplished during the project. The session is designed to provide opportunity for significant audience interaction with the panelists.

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.

6:30 p.m.

Group Dinners

Group Dinners ("No host")Westminster Promenade Restaurants

Attendees can sign up to join one of five dinner group discussions: (1) Graduate Student Retention & Recruitment, (2) Corporate-Academic Partnerships, (3) K-12 Outreach, (4) WiE & Diversity Programs, and (5) Current Events & Hot Topics. Sign ups are available at the Registration & Information Desk. Meet in the Westminster Lobby at 6:25 p.m. to join a group leader who will guide you to your restaurant.

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 WorkshopCotton Creek 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 PanelWestminster 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 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

6:30 p.m.

Trip to Butterfly Pavilion

Trip to Butterfly PavilionAdjacent to the Westin Westminster

After the Change Leader Forum wraps up, grab a colleague or two and take a short walk to the Butterfly Pavilion to explore over 5,000 animals. Present your conference badge and receive a reduced admission fee of $7!

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