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3rd Annual Conference of
Collaborative Network for Engineering and Computing Diversity

JANUARY 24-27, 2021

Washington DC (Crystal City)

Call for Abstracts - due July 6, 2020


We so regret having to cancel CoNECD this past April, but thrilled that we plan to meet in person late January of 2021. Since we have more time, we thought to issue another call for abstracts.  All previously accepted papers and presentations are still part of the conference (unless the author withdrew).


We invite you to submit an abstract to the 3rd Annual Conference of CoNECD: Collaborative Network for Engineering and Computing Diversity -  a collaborative effort of the American Society for Engineering Education’s (ASEE) Minorities in Engineering Division (MIND), the ASEE Women in Engineering Division (WIED), the National Association of Multicultural Engineering Program Advocates (NAMEPA), and the Women in Engineering Pro-Active Network (WEPAN).


Authors should submit an extended abstract between 1000 and 2000 words (1-2 pages) on their paper/presentation topic.   Due Date: July 6, 2020

The vision of the CoNECD (pronounced, “connected”) Conference is to provide a forum for exploring current research and practices to enhance diversity and inclusion of all underrepresented groups in the engineering and computing professions. We believe that a transformation of our engineering workforce will not be the result of a singular focus. CoNECD will encompass the many diverse groups that comprise our engineering and computing workforce including groups based on gender (including gender identity and gender expression), race and ethnicity, disability, veterans, LGBTQ+, 1st generation and socio-economic status.

CoNECD will accept both papers and presentations as final submissions. Submit presentations in PDF format as with NOTES pages of your slides.  For your full draft submission, the NOTES for each slide must have sufficient detail to explain the content on the PowerPoint slide. This will ensure that the reviewers have enough context to allow appropriate review of your presentation submission. See here for how to add notes to your slides.

CoNECD is seeking both evidenced based research and practice abstracts for presentations at the 3rd annual conference in Arlington, Virginia, January 24-27, 2021. Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Outreach, mentoring and recruitment of diverse K-12 students

  • Mentoring, innovative recruitment and retention programs, and assessment of diverse groups of undergraduate and graduate students

  • Mentoring, recruitment, retention, leadership and professional development activities for diverse faculty, administrators and professionals in the engineering/computing workforce (including work/life balance and dual-career issues, listening and negotiation, workplace climate, and innovative programs supporting diversity and inclusion)

  • Company/university programs, policies or reviews that impact particular diverse groups (e.g. Title IX, transgender policies, veteran integration into academic institutions) including, for example, military experience to academic recognition

  • Transformative research that informs the development of impactful and forward-thinking programs and policies on issues such as intersectionality of race and gender

  • Integration of social justice into curricular and co-curricular activities

  • Innovative curricular issues including inclusive pedagogies

  • Managing identity across a global landscape in K-12 outreach, recruitment, retention, and academic success strategies

  • The importance of cultural relevance and history in expanding the curriculum, pedagogy, classroom design, and worker spaces in academia and corporate settings

  • Understanding inclusion, equity, access, and diversity in an effort to broaden participation, transform institutional leadership and promote student-centered success strategies in academia

  • Unleashing the invisible factors of human potential to innovate, explore the unknown and develop community centered solutions to address diversity, inclusion, and access in industry and academia


CoNECD aims to include both researchers seeking peer-reviewed conference papers as well as practitioners who wish to submit a presentation (e.g. Powerpoint) associated with a successful practice. CoNECD will present a balance of basic research and development in the diversity and inclusion space as well as presentations that focus on promising practices successfully implemented in both academic and workplace environments. Authors may submit  (individual or panel) papers or presentations based on accepted abstracts.


Authors should submit an abstract between 1000 and 2000 words (1-2 pages) on their paper/presentation topic. Authors of accepted abstracts (individual or panel) must submit a full paper OR presentation for review, acceptance and publication in order to present at the conference. 


Abstracts are due July 6, 2020


To submit an abstract,

  • Click this link.

  • You will be directed to a login page.

  • If you are a member of ASEE, please login to access the abstract submission page.

  • If you are not an ASEE member, please create a login to access the abstract submission page. You
    do not need to become an ASEE member to submit an abstract.

  • Do not check I would like this to be presented as a poster as Posters are not accepted

  • Under Primary and Alternate Divisions, please select CoNECD Paper Submissions

  • You must submit appropriate tags for your paper.


Each abstract is being submitted to one track or group. For each abstract submitted, you must identify keywords describing the topic you are presenting. This will enable CoNECD to group your presentation appropriately. Please select from this list of keywords (no more than 4 keywords can be provided). The keywords should be included in the first line of your Abstract Text, separated from the Abstract Title.



Socio-economic status



Computer Science





1st Generation

Engineering Technology



Information Technology



2 Year Institution



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