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9:45 am - 10:45 am


  1. Keys to Equipping Women for Success in Engineering and Computer Science

    Mary Ruth Anderson-Rowland
  2. A successful program to recruit, retain, and send on to graduate school will be presented for engineering and computer science students, especially underrepresented, women, and transfer students. Successful units of such a program will also be exchanged by audience members. This workshop should be helpful to both novice and expert participants.


  4. Engaging Young Women in the Corporate Environment

    Stephanie Martin, Krystle Rendon, Jerica Barlow
  5. An open discussion between corporate and university partners about best practices in corporate recruiting, engagement, and retention of women in manufacturing and engineering roles. Can we apply the best principles used by universities to engage first- year students to engage first-time interns or young full-time engineers? Are there other similarities?


  7. Society's "Macro-narratives" About Diversity in Engineering: A Critical Dialogue

    Julie P Martin, Walter C Lee, Donna Riley, Shannon K Stefl  

    This lively conversation will explore “macro-narratives”–that is, stories told by society–about women’s under-representation in engineering and the motivation to increase participation of women and other under-represented groups. We will critically compare these macro-narratives to our own personal “micro-narratives” that fuel our diversity work. Come listen, participate, and learn!


  9. A Dean’s Life: Finding Solutions to Tough Questions using MBTI Personality Type

    Raymonda Burgman  

    Cultural change requires us to use every available tool to understand that our sense of a situation is only one perspective or lens. Taking an opportunity to discover how we can use our lens to improve our view and solve conflicts will improve the environments where we live and work. 


11:00 am - 12:00 pm


  1. WEPAN’S Engineering Inclusive Teaching (EIT)—Faculty Professional Development Project: Dialogue about Unintended Bias Against Diverse Women in Engineering Education

    Kelly J. Cross          

    The “Unintended Bias in Engineering Education” webinar produced by WEPAN’s Engineering Inclusive Teaching: Faculty Professional Development Project is the foundation for an interactive workshop in which participants identify, explore, practice addressing, and develop strategies to respond to unintended bias experienced by diverse women in engineering.


  3. Bias Busting @ University Workshop – A Carnegie Mellon/Google Collaboration to Address Unconscious Bias

    Diana Marculescu, Carol Frieze, Gerry Katilius, Momin Malik  

    This BiasBusters @ University Workshop is a Carnegie Mellon/Google Collaboration to address unconscious bias and transfer the experience from a corporate to an academic environment. Join us for an introduction to the development of BiasBusters @ CMU with the goal of helping you start your own BiasBusters program at your home institution.


  5. Imagining Partnership: Women of Color and White Women Thriving Together in Engineering Environments – A World Café

    Joan Buccigrossi  

    Imagine partnerships between women of color and white women that ensure all thrive in an engineering environment. What would it take? How would we talk to one another? How would we support one another? First we must understand the experiences that each of us is having, as individuals and as part of a group. How are those experiences the same? How are they different? What gets in our way of being true partners to one another across our differences? The World Café provides an exciting, creative and secure environment in which to explore this topic. The Café dialogue will provides ideas for personal and group action planning. A graphic representation of the group’s dialogue will be available to all participants.


  7. Assessing Student Professional Competencies

    Rochelle L Williams  

    This presentation will address integrating professional skills into the curriculum, while simultaneously highlighting their importance to stakeholders. Beginning with student outcomes, participants will be able to demonstrate the value of these student professional competencies through the development of performance indicators and the calibration of scoring rubrics for multiple faculty raters. 


3:00 pm - 4:00 pm


  1. AMP-UP: An Interactive Introduction to a Model for Change on a STEM-Dominant Campus

    Patricia Sotirin, Adrienne Minerick, Sonia Goltz
  2. We describe a campus-wide change program involving faculty, staff, and administrators in a modified Continuous Improvement, data-driven process for moving our STEM-dominant campus through Frames 3 and 4. We detail how to develop this program, conduct an interactive demonstration, discuss the challenges and opportunities of this approach, and invite feedback.


  4. Power Hours: A Format for Promoting Win-Win Engagement between Students and Professionals

    Beverly Louie, Vanessa Dunn, Allison Palmer. Affiliation:  BOLD Center, University of Colorado, Boulder
  5. This interactive workshop will engage participants to understand and consider using the weekly, one-hour “Power Hour” format and topics that promote professional development and community building for students. Power Hours can enable corporate sponsors and industry professionals to engage in meaningful dialogues with students and support diversity and inclusion initiatives.


  7. Gender Values: Meeting the Challenge for STEM Gender Diversity

    Kelly Mack, Melissa Soto 

    This session introduces preliminary findings of an institutional self-assessment tool designed to enable U.S. four-year colleges and universities to assess their level of family-friendly policies and programs as a function of institutionalization and inclusivity.


  9. How Academic Culture Fuels Impostor Syndrome in Students and Faculty and Strategies for Addressing It In the Classroom and the Department

    Valerie Elizabeth Young, Diana Marculescu  

    Impostor syndrome is rampant in higher education. Notably, the only study where a higher percentage of men identified with impostor feelings, was conducted with university faculty. This merits an exploration of how academic culture impacts confidence as well as effective strategies to address impostor feelings in both students and faculty. 


4:15 pm - 5:15 pm


  1. Creating a Coaching Culture in Engineering to Increase Student and Faculty Retention

    Jennifer Groh, Kristen Comfort, Jane Crewel
  2. Integrating a coaching approach within advising, supervising, mentoring, and teaching enhances educational and work environments, with minimal input of asking thought-provoking questions and using purposeful listening. Discussion within this Focused Conversation explores how a coaching approach positively impacts retention and success of underrepresented student and faculty populations.


  4. Inclusion in Corporate R&D Environments: Amplifying Gender Differences for Business Growth

    Jose Mendez-Andino, Elaina Carpino
  5. This conversation focuses on the fundamental role top R&D management and male employees play to effectively manage gender diversity within corporate R&D settings. Superior understanding of gender differences impacting technical workforces is required to design R&D environments that are appealing to a broader set of science and engineering talent.


  7. Building Student Identities for Engineering Success

    Carmen K Sidbury, Angelicque Tucker Blackmon 

    In this workshop we examine programs that have found innovative ways not only to engage students, providing them access to adults who exercise social persuasion, but also to include participation from the community. These programs and their leaders have developed a holistic approach to preparing and guiding students, particularly young women, through a trajectory leading to the successful pursuit of engineering/other STEM-related pathways.


  9. ProAction Community for Equity

    Fatma Mili, Willie Burgess, Guity Ravai  

    The central hypothesis in this panel is that our collective inability to meet our shared goals of diversity stems from the unexamined beliefs, mental models and values within the STEM culture. The panel discusses work done by a group of faculty and administrators at Purdue who made themselves (rather than the students) the locus of intervention.

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