University Professor Emerita, University of Guelph
Keynote: Creating an Inclusive Engineering Landscape to Ensure Everyone Thrives
Introduced by Lisa Romkey
This talk will explore how can we incorporate innovative curriculum, extra-curricular and professional activities into our engineering programs 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 engineers do. This effort aims to create a cultural shift in engineering departments so students 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, inclusive engineering departments will contribute to the retention and success of students who are underrepresented in engineering in terms of gender but also in terms of backgrounds, talents, and interests.