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Meeting 2016 TMS Annual Meeting & Exhibition
Symposium Transforming the Diversity Landscape
Presentation Title PEERs: Educating and Empowering Student Change Agents in the University of Washington’s College of Engineering
Author(s) Alexis Nelson
On-Site Speaker (Planned) Alexis Nelson
Abstract Scope “Promoting Equity in Engineering Relationships” (PEERs) was established in 2009 in response to the dramatic underrepresentation of women, minorities, and people with disabilities in engineering relative to their representation in society at large. The program offers an annual diversity course for students in the University of Washington’s College of Engineering. The course exposes students to social science research on diversity, including topics such as privilege, structural bias, and allyship. PEERs aims to equip and empower students as change agents in transforming barriers to equity in engineering. PEERs evaluation data indicates that it has a significant impact on students’ understanding of and responses to diversity, including their understanding of white privilege and their involvement in diversity issues. The PEERs course could serve as an excellent model for other engineering programs. The presentation will outline the course model and discuss strategies for engaging students in accessible and transformative conversations about diversity.
Proceedings Inclusion? Undecided

OTHER PAPERS PLANNED FOR THIS SYMPOSIUM

Diversity Beyond the Numbers: Fostering and Sustaining Diversity in the Minerals, Metals, and Materials Professions
Diversity Leads to Innovation
How to do Diversity at the PhD Level in STEM: Lessons and Tools from the Fisk-Vanderbilt Bridge Program
JSU ADVANCE: Bias Awareness Strategies to Affect University Policies
Panel of Past TMS Presidents: Transforming the Diversity Landscape
PEERs: Educating and Empowering Student Change Agents in the University of Washington’s College of Engineering
Securing the Future of American Public Research Universities by Increasing the Number of Under-reprsented Minorities in STEM
The Impact of Coaching, Mentoring, and Sponsorship on Diversity
Understanding and Addressing the Patterns of Bias in STEM Environments

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