Transforming Engineering Culture to Advance Inclusion and Diversity

TECAID provided professional development for five U.S. Mechanical Engineering (ME) department leadership teams to create and sustain inclusive cultures that benefit all participants–in classrooms and labs, in student design groups, in faculty meetings and hallway interactions, and in underlying department dynamics. This ground-breaking project provided intensive professional development, expert consultation, and a facilitated virtual learning community.

National Science Foundation Grant No. EEC-1445076

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Case Studies & Strategic Pointers

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

Originally 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.
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The TECAID Model

The 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.
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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.
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Outcomes: TECAID Participants

The specific outcomes shown below correspond to survey results detailing ways in which TECAID participants experienced significant growth or gains (statistically significant findings via the TECAID evaluator).
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TECAID Project Evaluation

TECAID’s External Evaluator, the University of Washington Center for Research & Evaluation for STEM Equity (UW CERSE), undertook an ongoing evaluation of the TECAID project using quantitative and qualitative survey analysis, interviews, and focus groups, and observation of TECAID activities.
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