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W699·YEAR OF ACTION ON DIVERSITY SESSION: Safe Zone/Positive Space Ally Training 8 (Level 1)Panel · ASEE Diversity Committee , Chemical Engineering Division, and Student Division
Wed. June 17, 2015 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Room 309, Washington State Convention Center
The perception of campus environment influences learning and developmental outcomes, and discriminatory environments have a negative effect on student learning. Research supports the pedagogical value of a diverse student body and faculty on enhancing learning and creativity/quality of final products. LGBTQI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning, or intersex) people have a more negative perception of campus climate than other populations. For example, one-third of LGBTQI students consider leaving due to a negative campus climate, 31% perceive a homophobic climate, and 11% experience harassment. Despite these compelling statistics, only 7% of universities offer support services specifically geared to the needs of LGBTQI students.
Safe Zone Ally Training is a two-part interactive workshop for students, faculty, and the professional community during which participants will build knowledge and skills to create a more inclusive and affirming environment for LGBTQI individuals in engineering. In Level 1, participants will focus on understanding LGBTQI concepts and developing awareness of biases. In level 2, participants will learn to reduce discrimination and heterosexual privilege and explore aspects of engineering culture that act as barriers to LGBTQI equality.
Benny Chan is an Associate Professor of Chemistry and former Director of Faculty Student Scholarly and Creative Collaborative Activity (Undergraduate Research) at The College of New Jersey, a predominantly undergraduate institution. He teaches a variety of courses including Inorganic, Materials, and Chemical Crystallography. He received his Ph.D. from The Pennsylvania State University and did a post doc at Colorado State University in collaboration with Los Alamos National Laboratories. His research areas include synthesis and characterization of Solid State Materials, Thermoelectric Materials, Superconductivity, Coordination Compounds, Nuclear Chemistry, and Metal Organic Framework Materials. He is venturing into the Science of Broadening Participation through various NSF funded programs where he is interested in developing support structures for students to intersect their racial, sexual, and gender identities with a STEM identity. Through these studies, he has co-developed a summer bridge program for all STEM majors at TCNJ, including engineers, to help minority, first generation, and low income students transition to the rigors of the core math and science courses. He volunteers for The American Chemical Society's Committee on Minority Affairs and regularly presents at national LGBTQ+ conferences such as oSTEM (Out in STEM) and NOGLSTP (National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Science and Technical Professionals).
Ms. Martina V. SvyantekVirginia Tech
Martina Svyantek is a doctoral candidate in Engineering Education and Diversity Scholar at Virginia Technological University.
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