Developing Sustainable and Continuing Practices for Diversity and Inclusion in a Civil and Environmental Engineering Department

Tiago R. Forin, Stephanie Lezotte, Adriana C. Trias Blanco, Theresa Fs Bruckerhoff

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This is a summary of Rowan University's efforts to initiate changes in diversity and inclusion with a Civil and Environmental Engineering Department. After having six years of an NSF grant, the research team initiated multiple efforts to increase a body of diverse students in the department, develop inclusive pedagogy, and develop a means for sustainable change within the university after the grant's end. To increase the number of diverse students, the department looked at a holistic approach to recruitment and enrollment. To better understand the students' experience, surveys and interviews were conducted with specific questions regarding how they viewed the climate of diversity and inclusion within their classes and the university at large. Multiple mentoring efforts were also started so that students received support in their collegiate careers. With regards to inclusive pedagogy, the department faculty were encouraged to develop relevant examples for students' career developments. These examples addressed diversity from a global perspective as well as domestic issues of inequality. With the grant approaching its end, there was increased efforts to make sustainable change within the whole university. With backing from the grant, faculty members received internal funds that focused on the develop of inclusive pedagogy. This occurred twice during the lifetime of the grant. The researchers also developed a workshop series that would include all strategies used to develop inclusive pedagogy for faculty outside of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department. This workshop was done to support changes made to promotion practices where faculty would receive encouragement and credit for addressing diversity and inclusion in their tenure with the university. This poster will highlight the research team's role in developing and implementing these changes for the sixth year of the grant.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings
StatePublished - Aug 23 2022
Event129th ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition: Excellence Through Diversity, ASEE 2022 - Minneapolis, United States
Duration: Jun 26 2022Jun 29 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Engineering(all)


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