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Academic Coaching Workshop (separate registration)
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Increasing Diversity on Engineering Project Teams

Shawna Fletcher, The Ohio State University
Student participation on engineering project teams provide real-world experiences that enhance and engrain student understanding of engineering concepts.  In an effort to increase female participation, the WiE Program at Ohio State will share their experience, including barriers and challenges, to forming an all-women’s Supermileage project team.   

Empower and Ignite Future Women Leaders

Lisa Abrams, The Ohio State University
Robin Schribman, Thomson Reuters

What would happen if universities and corporations come together to mentor and teach soft skills to students? Hear about a revolutionary course that Ohio State and Thomson Reuters conducted for future women leaders and engage in discussions about successes, challenges and how to move this critical work forward.

It takes a Village: A Community-wide Model for Program Assessment

Tracy Camp, Colorado School of Mines
Jane Stout, Computing Research Association

The CRA Center for Evaluating the Research Pipeline (CERP) is a community-wide evaluation effort with computing departments across the United States. CERP yields a comparison database that is a powerful resource for the computing community. We seek to gauge interest in creating a CERP-like center for other (non-computing) engineering discipline(s).

Moving the Needle: Women in Engineering and Computing

Christianne Corbett, American Association of University Women (AAUW)
Drawing on a large and diverse body of research, this session highlights recent research findings on the factors behind the underrepresentation of women in engineering including: stereotypes and biases, preferences, sense of belonging, and educational and workplace environments.  The session includes recommendations for change for employers, educators, policymakers, and individuals.  

Successful Climate Initiatives at NSF ADVANCE Institutions:
Best Practices from the Field

Stephanie Goodwin, Wright State University
Canan Bilen-Green, North Dakota State University
Susan Metz, Stevens Institute of Technology
Susan M. Lord, University of San Diego
Jenna Carpenter, Moderator, Louisiana Tech University

The NSF ADVANCE program supports institutional transformation efforts in STEM fields that increase the participation and advancement of women faculty.  This panel session will feature climate change initiatives from four active NSF ADVANCE programs that represent best practices and can be adapted at other institutions seeking to re-vision the culture in engineering. 

Where Race and Gender Meet in the STEM Fields

Joretta Joseph, Ed.D., National Physical Science Consortium
Eva M. Graham, Ed.D., California Institute of Technology

 “Excellence without diversity is orphan and diversity without excellence is destitute" (Bowen & Bok, 2000). It is our experience that diversity in perspective and approach foster innovation. Participants in this workshop will engage in dialog and activities about multiple identities and pluralistic practices that influence critical thinking and decision-making.

Developing an Asset-based Lexicon for Valuing Difference and Re-Evisioning the Culture of Engineering Education

Julie P. Martin, Clemson University Department of Engineering & Science Education
This focused conversation will help to illuminate aspects of “capital” or “wealth” that are not widely recognized or valued by the dominant social norms in engineering education. The session will combine Peggy McIntosh’s Serial Testimony technique and the asset-based framework of Community Cultural Wealth to address Frameworks 3 and 4.

Changing Perceptions of the Engineering Discipline

Bethany Brinkman, Sweet Briar College
Raenita Fenner, Loyola Maryland University
Mara London, Gonzaga University
Shanon Reckinger, Fairfield University

How is engineering perceived by undergraduates? This focused conversation will start by polling of the participants to discover their own preconceptions, followed by a presentation of data taken at several universities to answer this question, and conclude with a facilitated discussion to brainstorm techniques for improving the perception of engineering.


Think Big! Broadening Horizons for Women in Engineering and Computer Science through Global Scholar Networks

Patricia Ordóñez, Assistant Professor of Computer Science,
University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras
Cristina Pomales, Associate Professor of Industrial Engineering,
University of Puerto Rico, Mayaüez
Autumn M. Reed, Program Coordinator for Faculty Diversity Initiatives ADVANCE Program, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Renetta G. Tull, Associate Vice Provost for Graduate Student Development
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Beatriz Zayas, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Toxicology, Universidad Metropolitana

This panel examines an NSF ADVANCE PLAN proposal that provides women engineering, computer science, and information technology faculty from Puerto Rico access to global networks to facilitate career advancement. Through audience participation in a “Big Think” activity we will identify additional issues, propose solutions, and develop action items for advancement.

Engineering Inclusive Teaching:
A Showcase of Promising Inclusive Teaching Practices

Gretal Leibnitz, Ph.D., co-PI and Engineering Inclusive Teaching (EIT):
Faculty Professional
Development Project Director
This interactive panel will showcase approaches of three recipients of  the Engineering Inclusive Teaching (EIT):  Faculty Professional Development project's Inclusive Educator award.  The EIT project is led by WEPAN and funded by NSF.  Participants will learn application tools for crafting inclusive learning environments tailored by and for busy engineering educators.

Next Generation Mentoring

Debbie Phillips, WFD Consulting    
Claire Joyce, Cubist Pharmaceuticals
Katie Hall, Cubist Pharmaceuticals

This session provides an overview of a peer mentoring program that offers professional development and networking in a semi-structured format.  WFD will explain the program’s goals, structure, curriculum, and management. Cubist will describe their experience using the program with early career women.  Audience members will share other innovative mentoring models.

Corporate Service Corps Creating Inclusion for Everyone’s Environment

Dan Gateno, IBM
Jessica Eidem, IBM

This session will feature two IBM employees who will share their experiences and explain the importance of global volunteerism and its impact on inclusion, at a global scale, in the workplace.   Since the program’s launch in 2008, it has sent over 1,600 participants from over 50 countries and have served many communities across many different countries.

Amp Up Your Social Capital: Effective Networking via Social Media

Tricia Berry, University of Texas, Austin
Julie Martin, Clemson University
Beth Holloway, Purdue University
Jenna Carpenter, Louisiana Tech University

Social capital is a function of one’s personal and professional networks, which provide access to opportunities, resources, advice and moral support.  This session will discuss ways to use social media for professional networking, including a panel that will share their best practices for effective use of social media and Q&A.

Creating Inclusive Environments:
Improving the Climate for Female Faculty in Engineering

Selyna Beverly, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Cordelia Ontiveros, Ph.D, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Emily Allen, Ph.D, California State University, Los Angeles
Karen Froelich, Ph.D, North Dakota State University

Female faculty in engineering make up only 13% of faculty nationally. This panel will discuss the barriers female faculty in engineering encounter and will explore the steps in which individuals can take to improve female faculty recruitment efforts as well as programmatic initiatives to improve the overall climate for women.

Leadership Learning Tools for Individuals and Their Organization’s Action Projects, Leadership Interviews, and Professional Development Plans

Diane Magrane, MD, Drexel University
Molly M. Gribb, Ph.D., P.E.-South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

The most effective career and leadership development occurs as we stretch to expand our skill set and sphere of influence across our own organizations.  This session explores the use of institutional action projects, senior leadership interviews, and personal development plans to simultaneously enhance individual career development and organizational effectiveness.

More than a Room of One’s Own:
Creating Secondary School Engineering Classes that Allow Female Students to Thrive

Gwen Shuster-Haynes, Moderator, Project Lead The Way Director of School Engagement CO and ND
Discover strategies and techniques to help you recruit and retain 40% female secondary engineering students:

  • All female first year section

  • Personalized female recruitment

  • Engineer humanitarian projects: toys for Children’s Hospital Patients, third world water filtration

  • Community school partnerships

  • Strong, dynamic female teachers



Yvonne Simmons Howze, Ph.D, Director, Performance Excellence, Texas Department of Transportation
This fun and interactive session will describe a unique mentoring program for women engineers designed to assist them with their leadership development.  Participants will be taught several of the same planning, self-assessment, and personal mastery tools successfully used in the mentoring program. It is anticipated that participants will be able to apply the tools in their own organization.

Engineering Self-Efficacy:
What it is, Why it Matters, and How to Encourage it in Engineering Learning Environments--An Example Training from the Engineering Inclusive Teaching (EIT): Faculty Professional Development Project

Catherine Amelink, Ph.D., Virginia Tech
John "Jack" Lesko, Ph.D., Virginia Tech
Margaret Beier, Ph.D, Rice University
Gretal Leibnitz, Ph.D., co-PI and EIT Project Director

Researchers have determined that self-efficacy is important in terms of student performance goals, time-allocation to reach goals, resilience and persistence in the face of difficulty. This highly interactive workshop will provide participants with research-based information on self-efficacy and application tools tailored for busy engineering educators.

The StratEGIC Toolkit:
Strategies for Effecting Gender Equity and Institutional Change

Sandra Laursen, University of Colorado Boulder
The StratEGIC Toolkit draws on evidence from ADVANCE Institutional Transformation projects to identify strategic interventions that contribute to the development of institutional environments supportive of STEM women scholars.  This workshop highlights variations and examples of how particular interventions can be used strategically and outlines their affordances and limitations.

How do you know if your program or project is achieving its goals?
A skill-building workshop on program evaluation.

Elizabeth Litzler, University of Washington
The workshop will build the capacity of attendees to conduct their own thoughtfully designed small-scale program evaluations. Attendees will walk away with a greater level of comfort and confidence about evaluation, resource handouts, and specific ideas about how to evaluate their own programs.

Benefits of a Board:
How a Board of External Advisors Can Advance Diversity Initiatives Within Your University

Sarah Miller, Ph.D., Assistant Dean for Inclusive Excellence, Director of the BOLD Center, University of Colorado Boulder, College of Engineering and Applied Science
Amanda Parker, Director of Access and Recruiting, BOLD Center
University of Colorado Boulder, College of Engineering and Applied Science
Jeff Osterkamp, Vice President, Engineering, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp.

What value can a Board of Advisors bring to your department or program?  Learn how a Board can bring your team greater accountability, perspective that is external, experienced, and expert, and a valuable network for your engineering students.  This session is for industry professionals interested in joining a Board, too!

Engineering GoldShirt Program:
Promoting Success of Next Tier Women Engineering Students

Tanya Ennis, Director, Engineering GoldShirt Program, University of Colorado Boulder
Beverly Louie, Director, Teaching and Learning Initiatives, University of Colorado Boulder
Amanda Parker, Director, Recruiting and Access,  University of Colorado Boulder

The Engineering GoldShirt Program prepares next tier underrepresented engineering students, including women students, to succeed in an engineering curriculum. This interactive session will share strategies the Program uses to change the culture for women students in all four frames. Participants will be guided to develop their own organization’s action plans. 

Lessons Learned from a Year of “Girls Who Code” in a University Setting

Edyta Dudek, Community Outreach Director, Women in Science and Engineering, University of Illinois at Chicago
Veronica I. Arreola, Director, Women in Science and Engineering, University of Illinois at Chicago

The UIC Women in Science and Engineering program will share lessons learned from running a beginner level Girls Who Code program for underrepresented minority middle and high school girls.  UIC WISE will also showcase examples of students’ work and allow attendees to design a video game themselves.

Activating Cultural Transformation through Loosely Coordinated Networks

Marie Garland, Executive Director, SU ADVANCE, Panel Chair/ Interaction Leader, Syracuse University
Sharon Alestalo, Program Director, Women in Science and Engineering, Syracuse University
Stephanie Goodwin, Director of Faculty Development and Leadership, Wright State University
Marci Levine, Program Manager, Lehigh ADVANCE, Lehigh University

Equity initiatives require a broad coalition of supporters and contributors to be successful.  Have you mapped out your network? Can you bring individuals on board?  Are you ready to capitalize on changing circumstances? Participants in this session will develop a strategic plan for building a coalition of organizational catalysts.

Hands-on, Minds-on Spatial Visualization Workshops for First-Year Engineering Students

Jacob Segil, University of Colorado Boulder
Beverly Louie, University of Colorado Boulder
Jacquelyn Sullivan, University of Colorado Boulder
Beth Myers, University of Colorado Boulder

Try it! This hands-on, retention-focused Spatial Visualization workshop will break down barriers and boost your confidence to create and lead an initiative to boost women engineering students’ spatial visualization skills.  Come experience a fun, nonthreatening workshop and learn techniques which close the spatial visualization gender gap among first-year engineering students.

Developing Emotional Intelligence to Improve Performance in the Workplace

Nelda Clelland, Education Outreach Consultant
Use an Emotional Intelligence model to integrate the topics of Introversion and Extroversion, Performance, Image, and Exposure, Dominant Culture, Implicit Bias, and Micromessages via a World Café discussion format to prepare women for success in the engineering workplace.

Panel and Workshop:
Part 1: Engaging Faculty in Culture Change: Developing the Faculty
Part 2: Lightning Workshop: Blueprints for Future WEPAN Initiatives to Engage Faculty in Culture Change Through Faculty Development

Susan Metz, Stevens Institute of Technology
Carol Muller, Stanford
Mary Juhas,  The Ohio University

Core strategy for significant change in higher education culture requires engaging faculty. A panel of senior leaders in higher education offers four approaches for faculty and leadership development, addressing ways to engage faculty, leverage interests, and respond to needs, to effect culture change to advance gender equity in engineering.

WEPAN’s Engineering Inclusive Teaching (EIT) Project Presents Piazza:
A FREE, Novel, Innovative, Woman-Engineer-Designed Platform to Support Inclusive Learning

Gretal Leibnitz, Ph.D., Engineering Inclusive Teaching: 
Faculty Professional Development Project co-PI & Project Director
Jessica Gilmartin, Chief Business Officer, Piazza

In this workshop, learn about WEPAN’s Engineering Inclusive Teaching: Faculty Professional Development project and Piazza, a free, research-based, woman-engineer-created, social collaboration platform used by 30,000 professors to promote active learning, inclusion and engagement.  Review professor case studies and best practices for using Piazza’s free tool to increase inclusiveness in engineering education.

Stepping Stones for Career Success

Diane Magrane, MD, Drexel University
Strategic career development relies upon understanding how our patterns of choices, experiences, and values guide our ability to seize the right opportunities and adapt to new environments.  This Stepping Stones workshop uses narrative and reflection to draw from research and historical examples for setting career and mentoring goals.

Meaningful Collaborations by Valuing Differences in a Digital Age

Manjula Waldron, Ph.D. (Stanford), CHC, CHTP, LMT Consulting Professor Stanford Prevention Research Center
Tommy Lee Woon, MS,SEP, CCT, Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Naropa University
Kenneth J. Waldron Ph.D. (Stanford), D.Eng. (University of Sydney), Emeritus Professor of Mechanical Engineering

An interactive experiential workshop for designing meaningful collaboration by differences promoting a growth mindset and a sense of belonging through understanding common humanity and changing rules of engagement for greater good. By the end of the workshop participants will have a plan for their own institution to create a collaboratorium.

Creative Curriculum for Women Engineers

Janice Levenhagen, ChickTech
This session provides a hands-on opportunity to experience a soft-circuit activity that gets everyone excited about learning through creative tech projects. The activity will lead into a discussion on why it works so well and how we can take those lessons into college courses to improve learning experiences for all.

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