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As part of its ongoing project on the Engagement of Engineering Societies in Undergraduate Engineering Education, the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) held a workshop to explore the role of engineering societies in promoting diversity and inclusion in the engineering profession. The workshop took place on June 4 at the University of Cincinnati.
The workshop examined societies’ programs and activities, provided an opportunity for them to share promising practices, and investigated possible collaborative actions. A key feature of the workshop was a report on the preliminary findings of an NSF-sponsored project examining and documenting diversity and inclusion issues facing members of engineering societies and other STEM professional organizations. Building on those findings, participants shared information about their programs/activities and discussed promising practices for efforts by engineering societies to support diversity and inclusion. A Proceedings – In Brief will be published summarizing the discussions.
The workshop is one of a series of meetings on topics prioritized at a national NAE workshop in 2017. The first two meetings considered the design of a joint societies’ student competition focused on the Grand Challenges for Engineering and the role of societies in defining “impact” on the engineering profession as a criterion for assessing faculty success. For more information, please contact Ken Jarboe, Senior Program Officer, at KJarboe@nae.edu.
PostedAugust 2, 2018