TECAID Resources

Numerous evidence-based products have been created to share with the greater Mechanical Engineering community. The overarching goal is to scale the TECAID project so that engineering faculty and staff will have resources readily available to lead culture change to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts in their departments. These resources aim to promote individual, departmental, and broader engineering culture change.
The resources include the following:

The TECAID Model

TECAID ModelThe TECAID model for preparing engineering faculty to lead department change for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) maps conceptual and programmatic processes for leading an academic change effort related to DEI. The model describes key components of the iterative process that TECAID participants experienced; it can be used by other engineering departments to help conceive of and understand how a DEI focused change process might work. The model shows the interconnection of processes that support the building of awareness, knowledge, and skills necessary for DEI transformation.

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TECAID ModelCase Studies &
Strategic Pointers

TECAID Case Studies explore key arenas for planning and making departmental change related to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). 

Case studies include: 

  1. Working as a Team on DEI Issues: 
    The Challenges and Benefits
  2. Gathering Strategic Information for
    Planning DEI Change, and 
  3. Effectively Navigating Conflict while Engaging in DEI Change Efforts

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TECAID Toolkit

TECAID ModelOriginally developed for conference participants to introduce and foster application of the TECAID Model, the TECAID Toolkit has evolved into a high level overview of the TECAID Model with accompanying worksheet for prioritizing actions specific to your culture-change context. The Toolkit is best used in conjunction with the TECAID Model which explains in detail and provides resources for the TECAID graphic, Key Actions, and Considerations presented in the Toolkit overview.

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TECAID Learning Modules

Interested in changing the culture in your engineering department to advance diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) for faculty, staff, and students but unsure how to go about it? Why reinvent the wheel when you can learn from TECAID leaders and participants. Transforming Engineering Culture to Advance Inclusion and Diversity (TECAID) is a NSF funded project (#1445076) to assist Mechanical Engineering change leaders in fostering a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive (DEI) academic engineering department culture.

ASEE Committee on Diversity, Equity and InclusionThe corner stone of these learning modules are webinars developed with intent to help make your DEI-focused culture change work more efficient and effective. A Certificate of Participation is available upon participation in each webinar. In addition to the above resources, we include additional resources as appropriate.

This webinar series is co-sponsored by the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Committee on DEI. 

Module 1 – Transforming Engineering Culture to Advance Inclusion and Diversity (TECAID): An Evidence-Based Approach & Model

In this 1st webinar (45:00), we share with you the TECAID story, outcome evidence, and application tools to facilitate your own department DEI culture change process. 
Specifically, in this webinar we provide answers to the following questions:

  • WHY engage in DEI-focused department culture change work? (2:20)
  • WHAT are useful resources, and what is the evidence that using these resources can help engineers to lead DEI department culture change?   (12:12)
  • HOW does one lead DEI-focused engineering culture change using our new TECAID Model? (15:00) and
  • WHO are other engineers engaged in leading DEI organizational change? (28:15)

Webinar 1 Handout PDF >

Interviews with original TECAID PIs (40:00): TECAID Small Group PI Interview

To learn about TECAID from our original PI’s, please listen to this engaging interview by Liz Litzler (TECAID Evaluator), with Diane Matt (original TECAID PI from WEPAN), Tom Perry (original ASME Co-PI), and Klod Kokini (original Purdue University College of Engineering Co-PI)

Interviews with representatives from the TECAID Teams

Interview: Zahed Siddique (The University of Oklahoma) (11:59): The Role of Formal Leadership in Team Project Success

In this interview, Diane Matt (the original TECAID PI from WEPAN), explores the value of formal leadership support and strategies for sustaining culture change to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Interview: Rob Stone (Oregon State University) (9:41): Critical Resources for Leading DEI Department Culture Change

In this interview, Diane Matt (the original TECAID PI from WEPAN), explores the value of understanding resources and leaders within the academic institution that supports the goals of the department team project.

Interview: Nancy Barr (Michigan Technological University) (11:46): Managing Conflict Constructively

In this interview, Diane Matt (the original TECAID PI from WEPAN), explores constructive dissonance (i.e. management of conflict in a constructive manner) in a way that supports the goals of the department team project.

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Module 2 – Insights from Engineering Department Culture Change Leaders (Part 1): Applications of the TECAID Model

In this 2nd webinar (56:41), TECAID Team representatives provide examples of their DEI change projects, talk about challenges faced, discuss resultant department impacts, and share advice and key take-aways for prospective change leaders.
Specifically, in this webinar the TECAID Team representatives answer the following questions:

  • What were your DEI projects? (0:02:17)
  • How did you know you made a difference? (0:26:00)
  • What were results from having staff involved? (0:35:21)
  • What other efforts benefited from the change work? (0:38:22)
  • How did you change? (0:43:28)
  • What difference did having team support make? (0:49:55)
  • What are key take aways? (52:55)

The webinar concludes with information about TECAID resources (55:55) available to help lead department DEI culture change.

Webinar 2 Handout PDF >

TECAID Project Descriptions >

TECAID Teams Table of Accomplishments >

TECAID Project Impacts >

Examples of High Impact Practices Handout PDF >

Interviews with representatives from the TECAID Teams

Interview: Rob Stone (Oregon State University) (9:41): Critical Resources for Leading DEI Department Culture Change

In this interview, Diane Matt (the original TECAID PI from WEPAN), explores the value of understanding resources and leaders within the academic institution that supports the goals of the department team project.

Interview: Zahed Siddique (The University of Oklahoma) (11:59): The Role of Formal Leadership in Team Project Success

In this interview, Diane Matt (the original TECAID PI from WEPAN), explores the value of formal leadership support and strategies for sustaining culture change to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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Module 3 – Insights from Engineering Department Culture Change Leaders (Part 2): Dealing with Resistance

In this 3rd webinar (28:32) we continue discussion with participants from the original TECAID Teams. These TECAID Team representatives share how their teams dealt with resistance to their diversity, equity, and inclusion change efforts.

Specifically, in this webinar the TECAID Team representatives discuss:

  • Forms of resistance (3:29)
  • Unproductive responses to resistance (5:50)
  • Ways in which resistance is useful (6:30)
  • Common sources of resistance (7:02)
  • Productive responses to resistance (7:44)
  • Understanding Equality, Equity, & Justice (20:00)

The webinar concludes with information about TECAID resources (27:00) available to help lead department DEI culture change.

Webinar 3 Handout PDF >

Strategies for Change: The Education, Persuasion, Incentive, & Pressure (EPIP) Model PDF (Also, included in resources associated with the TECAID Model) >

Perspectives on Resistance PDF (Also, included in resources associated with the TECAID Model) >

Four Corner Exercise >

Interview with a TECAID Team representative

Interview: Nancy Barr (Michigan Technological University) (11:46): Managing Conflict Constructively 

In this interview, Diane Matt (the original TECAID PI from WEPAN), explores constructive dissonance (i.e. management of conflict in a constructive manner) in a way that supports the goals of the department team project.

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Module 4 – Evaluating Department Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Change:  Tips from TECAID’s Evaluators

In this 4th webinar (50:35) we introduce you to the TECAID Evaluators. They provide you with a framework for conducting your own DEI department change project/program evaluation. The TECAID Evaluators share ideas based on their own training and experience. Regardless of your project's funding base, this webinar will provide tools to help you get started.

Specifically, in this webinar the TECAID Evaluators answer the following questions:

  • How do I get started with evaluating my DEI department culture change project (e.g., What kinds of questions should I ask?) (6:02)
  • What data collection methods should I use, especially under low-resource conditions? (22:00)
  • How do I use the data I collect? (30:55)

The webinar concludes with information about TECAID resources (49:02) available to help lead department DEI culture change.

Webinar 4 Handout with Poll Results Included! PDF >

Suggested Readings PDF >

Tips for Writing Survey Questions PDF >

Measuring Change: Considerations for Creating Better Change Metrics PDF (Also, included in resources associated with the TECAID Model) >

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Additional Resources

Here are additional resources that may be useful to you. These resources include recordings of two TECAID workshops provided at the 2017 WEPAN Change Leader Forum and STEM for All NSF Video Showcase videos, as well as other conference resources.

Conferences
2016 ASEE’s 123rd Annual Conference & Exposition (June 26-29, 2016)

Initiatives for Creating a More Inclusive Engineering Environment with Limited Resources and Minimum Disruption (Paper ID #16162) (Norris, Siddique, & Altan- University of Oklahoma) PDF >

ASME IDETC/CIE 2016

Proceedings of the ASME 2016 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference IDETC/CIE 2016 (August 21-24)

Cognitive Empathy in Design Course for a More Inclusive Mechanical Engineering (Lau, Norris, Siddique, Altan, Baldwin, Merchan-Merchan – University of Oklahoma) PDF >
2017 WEPAN Change Leader Forum (June 12-14, 2017)

Transforming Engineering Culture to Advance Inclusion and Diversity (TECAID): Overview and Outcomes (Part 1) (20:05)

(TECAID): Overview and Outcomes (Part 1) Transcript PDF >

Part 1: Group Session Report Out (16:57)

Part 1: Group Session Report-Out Transcript PDF > (See PDF attached)

TECAID Team Representatives: Panel Presentation (Part 2) (37:27)

TECAID Team Representatives: Panel (Part 2) Transcript PDF >

(Part 2) Q & A (223:37)

(Part 2) Q & A Transcript PDF >

2018 IEEE Professional Communication Society Conference (July 22-25, 2018)

‘Helpful,’ ‘Irritating,’ and ‘Smart’: Student Perspectives on Teams in a Mechanical Engineering Program (Barr & De Clerck – Michigan Tech) >

STEM for All NSF Video Showcase
2017 TECAID (Part One) Overview & Outcomes -- Wins Facilitator’s Choice Award!

For an overview of the first phase of the TECAID project, check out this 3 minute, award-wining video! During the first 2-year phase, TECAID provided professional support and resources for five selected U.S. Mechanical Engineering (ME) department faculty-centric teams to create and sustain inclusive classroom and department cultures. TECAID evaluation results indicate significant increase in participant engineers' diversity, equity, & inclusion (DEI) knowledge and awareness; skills and confidence in leading organizational change; and actions, individually and collectively, to lead department culture change in diversity, equity, and inclusion. In this overview video we discuss the goals, activities, participants, outcomes, and resources.

2018 STEM for ALL NSF Video Showcase—TECAID (Part Two)

For an overview of the second phase of the TECAID project, check out this 3 minute! During the second 2-year phase, TECAID leaders used the evidence-based outcomes to produce products to help scale the work. In this video we briefly overview the project and outcomes; detail the resulting evidence-based TECAID Model for Leading Department Culture Change in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; provide a high-level overview of the TECAID Model using the TECAID graphic; and share additional materials such as Toolkit, Case Studies, and webinar based Learning Modules to help scale efforts for those with interest in initiating their own work to create an inclusive department culture.

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Quick Links to Our Webinar Series

Webinar 1: Transforming Engineering Culture to Advance Inclusion and Diversity (TECAID): An Evidence-Based Approach & Model

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Webinar 2: Insights from Engineering Department Culture Change Leaders (Part 1): Applications of the TECAID Model

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Webinar 3: Insights from Engineering Department Culture Change Leaders (Part 2): Dealing with Resistance

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Webinar 4: Evaluating Department Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Change: Tips from TECAID’s Evaluators

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"Thank you for putting on these webinars - they are some of the best webinars I have participated in, both in content and in the format style with multiple speakers and instant surveys. It is clear a lot of thought goes into these, and I thank you and I look forward to participating in future webinars.”
– Webinar Participant

 

TECAID Overview Infographic

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TECAID Poster >