Free ticketed event
The purpose of this workshop is to facilitate the development of strategies for supporting an actively inclusive environment for LGBTQ people and their allies at your engineering school. We will do this through presenting some issues, discussing as groups and working interactively through case studies. We will also introduce the participants to the Positive Space program. This program is built on a social network and distributed action model that supports development of inclusive environments. The participants will create an action plan for at least one initiative they would like to implement at their own school.
This workshop is sponsored by the Liberal Education/Engineering & Society Division and co-sponsored by the Women In Engineering Division and the Minorities in Engineering Division.
The workshop will cover the following topics:
1. Setting the stage for Positive Space
a. Needs and wants of the participant group – group discussion
b. What is Positive Space? An introduction to the Positive Space program.
c. Definitions and discussions
d. Key terms that help
2. Acknowledging problems in the learning environment
b. “Out in the world”
i. Brendan Burke
ii. Yunel Escobar
iii. Jason Collins
c. Breaking the silence – strategies for interventions – group discussion
d. We’re proud of…
i. Accomplishments at the institutional and faculty level
ii. Group discussion – tell your story
3. Stretch goal action plan – developing an idea and a plan for implementation
a. What do you want to accomplish at your school? – setting goals
b. Developing an actionable idea
c. Identifying resources you have available to you
d. Setting milestones to implement your plan
ii. Completion of your action plan
4. Networking and finding networks
Susan McCahan is currently the vice dean, undergraduate, in the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering at the University of Toronto. She joined the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at Toronto in 1992. She is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in recognition of contributions to engineering education. She has been the recipient of several major teaching awards, including the 3M National Teaching Fellowship and the Medal of Distinction in Engineering Education from Engineers Canada. Professor McCahan's current research focuses on the design of the engineering education environment. She is a member of the Engineering Positive Space Committee at the University of Toronto and, as an administrative leader and ally, has supported the work of this committee since its inception.
Dr. Peter Eliot Weiss is a senior lecturer at the University of Toronto. Since 2009, he has been the director of the Engineering Communication Program. Dr. Weiss is currently the chair of the Engineering Positive Space Committee at the university. Prior to teaching in engineering, he was a professional playwright and director. He was co-founder of the LGBTQ Theater Company, OutWest in Vancouver, British Columbia. Gay-themed works, such as Remembering Shanghai and FairyBlood have been performed by in Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa and New York City.