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U416·NAMEPA Workshop: Escaping The Valley Of Death: Research To Practice And Practice To Research In Diversity, Equity, And Inclusion
Workshop · NAMEPA
Sun. April 14, 2019 1:45 PM to 5:30 PM
Salon E&D, Marriott Crystal Gateway
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Ticketed event: NAMEPA Workshop E- Non Member - $225.00
Workshop E - Member Ticket - $175.00
The many ideas that emerge from research in engineering face existential threats along the journey from reported finding to practical implementation and societal impact. In entrepreneurial terms, this gap is called the “Valley of Death” which lies between basic research/invention and delivery of the innovation. An analogous valley of death exists within diversity, equity, and inclusion work in engineering education. There is consensus that research exploration should be framed to make impact and educational practices should be informed by evidence. However, research performed may not hold apparent relevance to practitioners, and practitioners may be unaware of relevant research that exists, perpetuating the valley of death. Successfully traversing the valley of death is critical to making transformational progress in diversity, equity, and inclusion in engineering education. How can faculty members, program directors, academic administrators, and institutional leaders procure necessary evidence to create conditions that cultivate diversity, equity, and inclusion in engineering education? How can engineering education researchers effectively investigate emerging challenges with insights from individuals who see the “on-the-ground” realities on a daily basis?

This interactive session will bring together DEI researchers and practitioners to share their perspectives on the challenges of bringing research to practice and practice to research, and panelists will share their strategies for traversing this particular “valley of death.” Through collaborative ideation, attendees will build a shared agenda around the critical areas of focus and will leave with new connections to stimulate research ideas and improve educational practice over the next year.

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