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U202·Workshop: Addressing Challenges of Inclusion, Advocacy, and Effective Strategies
Workshop Engineering Workforce
Sun. April 29, 2018 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Salon B, Marriott Crystal City
Session Description

Ticketed event: Workshop Ticket - $35.00
As an umbrella entity within a large national society, the ASEE Diversity Committee strives to draw a range of diversity-centric and discipline-centric divisions and stakeholders with different experiences into the larger community. Challenges come when visions of inclusion vary among stakeholders. We acknowledge that societal structures reward and reinforce behavior that can create and perpetuate separation and exclusion. Structures and ingrained habits within existing industry and academic systems present challenges to crafting more diverse and inclusive communities. The goal of this workshop is to bring community members with focused advocacy agendas together to share perspectives and create stronger links across advocacy communities.

Building on workshops offered at the ASEE conference, participants will discover/recognize and discuss issues of personal and organizational biases that can affect successful integration of advocacy communities. Participants will leave with additional strategies for their own efforts as well as a deeper understanding of challenges faced within various advocacy communities.

Socratic questioning exercises will be followed by sharing answers first in small groups that enable reflection, and then sharing with the larger group. Questions will guide thinking to explore tensions that advocates have experienced in inclusion work. Worksheets will help groups develop inventories of what strategies have worked or failed in the past. Facilitators include members of the Executive Board of the ASEE Diversity Committee.

  1. Prof. Rebecca A Bates
    Minnesota State University, Mankato

    Dr. Rebecca Bates is a Professor in the Department of Integrated Engineering at Minnesota State University, Mankato where she directs two upper-division, project-based learning engineering programs, Iron Range Engineering & Twin Cities Engineering. She has been a rotator Program Officer at the National Science Foundation (NSF) in the Division of Human Resource Development (HRD) and the Division of Undergraduate Education in the Directorate of Education and Human Resources (EHR). Her education research addresses the impact of connections to community and sense of belonging on STEM student engagement as well as the processes of change in post-secondary academic institutions. She earned her B.S. in Biomedical Engineering and M.S. in Electrical Engineering degrees from Boston University, an M.T.S. (theological studies) degree from Harvard Divinity School, and her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington.

  2. Dr. Stephanie Farrell
    Rowan University

    Dr. Stephanie Farrell is Professor and Founding Chair of the Department of Experiential Engineering Education at Rowan University (USA). She is the immediate Past Chair of the ASEE Diversity Committee, and will serve ASEE as President in 2017-2018. Her research interests also include inductive teaching in engineering, spatial visualization skills, and increasing participation of underserved and underrepresented groups in engineering. Stephanie was the 2014-2015 Fulbright Scholar in Engineering Education at Dublin Institute of Technology (Ireland). She has been honored by the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) with several teaching awards such as the National Outstanding Teaching Medal and the Quinn Award for experiential learning.

  3. Dr. Adrienne Minerick
    Michigan Technological University

    Dr. Adrienne Minerick is Professor of Chemical Engineering and Associate Dean for Research & Innovation in the College of Engineering as well as Assistant to the Provost for Faculty Development at Michigan Technological University. She was the 2015-2016 Chair and 2014-2015 CoChair of the ASEE Diversity Committee leading the team through ASEE’s Year of Action on Diversity. She also served as First Vice President and PIC I Chair on the ASEE Board of Directors and was honored with the Chemical Engineering Division’s Ray W. Fahien Award for vision and contributions to the field. She directs the Micro Medical Device Engineering Research Laboratory (µM.D. – ERL) and is Chief Technology Officer at MicroDevice Engineering Inc. (MDE). Adrienne is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and a Michigan Professor of the Year Nominee. At Michigan Tech, she has led an ADVANCE effort to lead continuous improvements of career advancement climate for women and underrepresented minority faculty. She also coordinates Early Career Management Committees ( and the Michigan Tech Research Forum (

  4. Mr. Eric Specking
    University of Arkansas

    Eric Specking serves as the Director of Undergraduate Recruitment for the College of Engineering at the University of Arkansas. He directs the engineering recruitment office, most of the College of Engineering's K-12 outreach programs, and the college's summer programs. Specking is the current Chair of the ASEE Diversity Committee. He received a B.S. in Computer Engineering and a M.S. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Arkansas and is currently working on a PhD in Industrial Engineering at the University of Arkansas.

  5. Dr. Rocio C Chavela Guerra
    American Society for Engineering Education

    Rocío Chavela is Director of Education and Career Development at the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). In her role at ASEE she oversees a portfolio of externally funded projects to provide professional development opportunities for engineering faculty, and to convene expert groups to address current challenges in engineering education; additionally, she serves as staff liaison to ASEE's Diversity Committee. Rocío holds a Ph.D. in Engineering Education from Purdue University, a B.S. and a M.S. in Chemical Engineering from Universidad de las Americas, Puebla (UDLAP) in Mexico. Prior to joining ASEE, she served as faculty at UDLAP, and Graduate Fellow at the National Academy of Engineering's Center for the Advancement of Engineering Education. Rocío's current efforts focus on engineering faculty and graduate student development, with particular emphasis on the adoption of evidence-based instructional practices.

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