Rethinking Engineering Diversity, Transforming Engineering Diversity (REDTED)

Tiago R. Forin, Beena Sukumaran, Stephanie Farrell, Harriet Hartman, Kauser Jahan, Ralph Alan Dusseau, Parth Bhavsar, Jeff Hand, Theresa F.S. Bruckerhoff

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The research project described in this paper is titled "Rethinking Engineering Diversity, Transforming Engineering Diversity (REDTED)," which is part of the National Science Foundation, Revolutionizing Engineering Department (RED) grants. The project is in its first year and therefore what is described in this paper will be a brief overview of the project and some of the work done during the first year. The proposed research is to explore how the representation of women and Underrepresented Minority (URM) students and historically underserved groups will be increased in an engineering department by deploying a multi-pronged approach. Our definition of diverse student populations includes both visible differences such as gender and racial minorities, but also includes invisible differences such as poor, LGBTQ, disabled, veterans, and others. The approach includes curricular and extra-curricular reform, which is targeted at the Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department at Rowan and includes: a) Radically changing admission standards to promote excellence; b) Enhancing the perception and understanding of diversity and equality among students, faculty and administrators to create a more inclusive environment; c) Developing Advocate and Allies Mentoring Program for first year, and transfer students; d) Transforming existing engineering curriculum of second and third year from a narrow sub-discipline based approach to a more inclusive, system-based approach; e) Enriching students' aspirations by providing successful and diverse role models from industry and academia; and f) Developing a model for inclusion of diverse students. The study is unique in that the definition of diversity is expanded to include both visible and invisible aspects. It also takes a comprehensive approach in seeking to attract a more diverse population into engineering while also making sure that the diverse students who do choose to pursue engineering find an inclusive and welcoming climate. The first year of the study has included conducting surveys of students and faculty to get baseline data on the attitudes to inclusivity. It will also include faculty workshops to begin the process of modifying our curriculum. In addition, the peer mentoring program and its structure is also being discussed and student workshops will be conducted to develop peer mentoring skills.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings
StatePublished - Jun 24 2017
Event124th ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition - Columbus, United States
Duration: Jun 25 2017Jun 28 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Engineering


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