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2014 Forum High Fives for Change
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Forum Hi-Fives for Change Talks

Tuesday, June 10, 2014 (3:45 - 5:00p.m.)

Engaging Engineering Freshman in Valuing Diversity
Jenna Price Carpenter
This talk focuses on an initiative to engage freshman in valuing diversity.  With a required freshman engineering curriculum that includes eight team projects, this initiative sought to educate students about the connections between valuing diversity and effective teams.  This talk will outline the motivation, approach, materials, and feedback on impact.     

Building Partnerships and Processes to Support Dual Career Hiring
Jennifer Heckscher
Learn how institutions can address dual-career hiring in order to recruit and retain women faculty in STEM disciplines. This talk will describe a collaborative approach to building a regional HERC, developing partnerships with deans and department chairs and streamlining dual career hiring processes.

Partnering With Librarians – Cultural Change Through an Untapped Resource

Jennifer Groh, Melissa Dragoo
Nationally, public library initiatives are starting to focus on enhancing STEM education.  Girl-serving programs/allies can create awareness and opportunity to help combat the loss of girls’ interest in math and science by 4th grade through a common childhood activity: engaging with story books (with STEM themes along with companion activities).        

Men as Advocates in the Quest for Gender Parity in the Technical Workplace

Tim Faiella
Learn about why some men become male advocates for gender reform and what stops others from getting on board. This fast-paced talk shares highlights from original qualitative research with 47 men supervising technical units in 14 different companies. Some of the men in the study were quite activist in gender reform and others still didn’t see that there was a problem. Their range of experiences and perspectives is captured in the research and will be highlighted in this talk.    

IC2-CET: Pre-College Model for Engaging URM Girls in STEM
Gabriela A. Gonzalez
The IC2-CET model represents a new method of collaboration between industry and community colleges to engage at-risk, under-represented girls in STEM.  This change talk will highlight the successes of this model’s implementation across two community colleges in Arizona and the effective collaboration with Intel.    

Leading From Where You Are
Marca Lam
Leadership development comes in many forms.  You can experience benefits regardless of your current role and stage of your career.  Learn from this    
WEPAN leader how opportunities helped propel her and other WEPAN leaders’ careers and how sometimes these opportunities produce positive outcomes many years later.    

Wednesday, June 11, 2014 (8:00 - 9:15a.m.)

WiSE Choices in Diversifying Faculty Searches
Leana Golubchik, Sarah Fried-Gintis
Recruitment and hiring practices continue to be an influential procedural barrier to increasing the representation of women in tenured and tenure-track STEM faculty positions. “WiSE Choices in Diversifying Faculty Searches” explores strategies used by the USC Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) program in casting the net widely and identifying women candidates.    

University Students’ Gendered Attitudes Towards Equity in Higher Education
Jenna O Rapai
This talk describes online survey results from 600 Canadian undergraduate and graduate students.  The responses showed some striking similarities and differences between female and male students on their perceptions of underrepresentation, discrimination, and harassment. Evidence exists that lingering attitudes and biases against female STEM students may be perpetuated by current initiatives to increase diversity.

Access Engineering: Re-visioning summer opportunities for pre-college outreach
Jennifer Groh, Rebecca Scott
Provocative discussion on what happens when we shift summer offerings for pre-college outreach from namely gendered and self-selection-based (i.e., girls with pre-formed interest in engineering choosing all-girl STEM program) to engaging a broader and more diverse audience through partnerships with existing youth programs not necessarily tied to STEM.

Cornerstones of Leadership Program Evaluation-- the ELATE Experience
Diane Magrane
Through data and images, the Cornerstones of Leadership Program Evaluation project will build a framework of evaluation and improvement for leadership programs and an academic culture that values women’s leadership contributions.    

Leveling the Playing Field for Promotion to Professor
Peggy Layne
University- and college-level workshops for associate professors describe the process and criteria for promotion to the rank of (full) professor, level the playing field for female faculty members, and promote a culture of working towards promotion for all faculty.  

Understanding STEM from a Global Perspective
Janice Rae Crow, Allie Rowe
This interactive session will introduce a new credit-bearing course with a complementary in-country study abroad program designed to provide undergraduate women in STEM fields a different perspective of how cultural or social norms impact women and their career choices.   

The BOLD Center’s Tutoring Model to Drive Inclusion
Beverly Louie
This presentation will highlight the role of the BOLD Center’s Student Success Center tutoring program in improving the retention and success of engineering student users from the perspective of the tutors. How the tutors engage with students for academics and at a personal level bolsters inclusion and engagement in engineering. 

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