|About this Symposium
||Materials Science & Technology 2018
||From Diversity to Inclusion
||The Metallurgy and Materials Society of CIM
||Elvi Dalgaard, Pratt & Whitney Canada
Lynnette D Madsen, Svedberg Science, Inc.
||In recent years the engineering community has been realizing more and more that embracing diversity in our field is just the beginning. The next step is inclusion, which involves bringing together and harnessing the resources represented by these diverse engineers. Inclusion puts the concept of diversity into action by creating an environment of involvement, respect, and connection. Organizations need both diversity and inclusion to be successful. While diversity in organizations is increasingly respected as a fundamental characteristic, this respect has not always led to truly inclusive workplaces. We may have tapped into a diverse community, but are we integrating all employees/students into the engineering culture?
This symposium will explore how we can create inclusive engineering landscapes at all points in the pipeline (from K-12, to University programs to our workplace and profession) that will cultivate inclusive engineering identities and demonstrate how the engineering profession benefits from diversity. This includes expanding on public and engineering student perceptions about who can be an engineer and what “real engineers” do. This effort aims to create a cultural shift in the engineering profession so students and professionals think beyond stereotypical perceptions of who belongs to the engineering profession toward more expansive notions about how the engineering profession needs diversity to thrive. We believe an inclusive engineering profession will contribute to the retention and success of all people who are underrepresented in engineering in terms of gender but also in terms of backgrounds, talents, and interests.
||Planned: At-meeting proceedings