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U216A·Workshop: NAMEPA Certification Workshop: Communicating the Business Case for Diversity Programs
Workshop NAMEPA
Sun. April 29, 2018 1:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Salon D, Marriott Crystal City
Session Description

Ticketed event: Workshop - $150.00
Workshop Guest - $150.00
Participants will review core concepts in outreach, recruitment, yield, and retention initiatives. Participants will analyze data and develop a comprehensive presentation that can be used at their respective institutions. The result of the workshop will be an institution-specific standardized NAMEPA (National Association of Multicultural Engineering Program Advocates) presentation file that includes:

- Multi-year trend line on engineering enrollment and degrees awarded for their institution and on a national level.
- First and second year trend lines on university retention rates.
- University ranking compared to top ten universities in enrollment and degrees awarded.
- Trend line in national SAT/ACT scores.

Upon completion of this workshop you will:

1. Be able to present a business case to main stakeholders that address diversity needs within their institution.
2. Increase your ability to utilize core data to drive programmatic focus and improvement strategies.
3. Gain more insight about:
- Diverse parents and students interested in learning more about engineering.
- K-middle-school outreach (including examples from Algebra by 7th Grade launch).
- Prospective high school graduates.
- Corporate supporters that have community-based core values to improve education.
- Your program's performance compared to other institutions.
- Sharing the impact of your program with data visualization tools.

This workshop will be facilitated by Virginia Booth Womack, NAMEPA President with more than 10 years of experience as a diversity program director, and Kari L. Jordan, Ph.D., Deputy Director of Assessment, Data Carpentry and a data visualization expert.

This session is a hands-on activity that will require participants to bring their laptop computers to access the data visualization tools and create their presentations.

  1. Ms. Virginia Lynn Booth-Womack
    Purdue University at West Lafayette (COE)

    Virginia (Lynn) Booth Womack is from Indianapolis, Indiana. The first in a family of five to attend college, Virginia received a four-year scholarship to Purdue University from Father Boniface Hardin, President of what was then known as Martin Center College in Indianapolis, Indiana. Martin Center College is now known as Martin University. She is a Purdue University graduate with a B.S. Degree in Industrial Engineering and a B.A. Degree in Psychology. While at Purdue, Virginia was a member of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) and the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), and actively involved with Purdue’s Minority Engineering Program (MEP). She was mentored by Purdue University President Emeritus, Dr. Arthur Hansen, and challenged to run for National Chair of NSBE with a commitment from President Emeritus Hansen and Purdue University to help support the foundation of the national body.

    After being elected, Purdue University provided an office for the first National Headquarters. Virginia was invited to speak at the National Advisory Council for the Minorities in Engineering consortium in Washington D.C. In attendance were Fortune 500 CEOs and University Presidents from top academic institutions that gathered together to determine how to increase the number of underrepresented minorities in the fields of engineering and science. Her open, candid, and personal discussion of the needs of African American students pursuing engineering and science and the personal responsibility such students embraced by forming NSBE, launched national support for NSBE from both corporate and university leaders. As the first female National Chair and the first to serve two consecutive terms of office, over 50 universities received their official 'charter chapter' status during her two terms of office.

    While still a student, Virginia worked under Marion Williamson-Blalock and assisted in developing many of the activities that are still vital elements of MEP at Purdue University. She served as Assistant to the Director of MEP during the inception of the MEP Freshman Orientation Seminar (Engineering 180) and the formation of other minority organizations now well established at Purdue.

    Virginia has worked for Proctor & Gamble, Eli Lilly Corporation, RCA, General Dynamics, and served as School Administrator for Bibleway Christian Academy (Toledo, Ohio) serving grades Preschool through 12. Before coming to Purdue, she worked at DaimlerChrysler Corporation where she spent 10 years and served as Lean Manufacturing Manager for the Powertrain Division. She was responsible for 100% implementation of training and integration of lean manufacturing principles.

    As the Director of MEP, Virginia has worked to continue the legacy established at Purdue through the tireless efforts of Ms. Blalock and others in the effort to increase the number of engineering graduates from Purdue University among those who traditionally have been underrepresented in the fields of engineering and science. Virginia recently served as Interim Executive Director for NSBE. The Dean of the College of Engineering allowed Virginia to be on loan to NSBE as their Interim Executive Director while they conducted a search, secured, and transitioned a new Executive Director. During this period, Virginia successfully managed a 14-million-dollar operation with approximately 30 employees through a very difficult transition. She oversaw and maintained organizational viability, increased corporate sponsorship, program outreach, and professional development.

    In addition to leading MEP and transforming the lives of the next generation of engineers that pass through MEP, Virginia is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Engineering Education at Purdue University with a focus on inclusive leadership across academia, corporations, and civic engagement. She plans to use her research to inform national efforts in broadening the participation of underrepresented students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

  2. Dr. Kari L. Jordan
    The Carpentries

    Kari Jordan holds BS and MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Technological University, and completed a PhD in Engineering Education at Ohio State University. Her research experience includes strategies for improving self-efficacy and sense of belonging in first-year engineering students and the implementation of evidence-based instructional practices among faculty in introductory STEM courses. In her free time, she teaches Zumba Fitness and volunteers with the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE). Kari tweets at @DrKariLJordan.

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