The Leadership through Engineering Academic Diversity (LEAD) Program provides programs and services to support the academic, professional and social success and retention of multicultural, international and women students in engineering.
Thousands of new students are beginning their Cyclone Engineering adventure this week, creating new friendships, memories and preparing for their careers. Clayton Johnson, an engineering academic advisor and leader of the learning community for undecided engineering majors, sees these first few weeks as a critical time to begin the conversation on race, diversity, inclusivity and multiculturalism.
This summer marked the 7th cohort of APEXE, or the Academic Program for EXcellence for Engineers. APEXE gives incoming Iowa State engineering students the opportunity to experience the life of a Cyclone Engineer – and to increase the success rate of multicultural, first-year engineering students. APEXE is a component of the university-wide APEX program and is a collaboration between the College of Engineering and the Dean of Students Multicultural Student Affairs Office.
Michelle Soupir, an associate professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering, was named equity advisor for the College of Engineering. She will support the recruitment and advancement of women and faculty of color, and disseminate information and best practices to engineering departments. Soupir will also be engaged with ADVANCE activities at the university and college levels.
College of Engineering faculty are developing evidence-based strategies to ensure diversity and inclusion in engineering education – all with an aim of boosting diversity in STEM fields. Here are four of our research projects studying teaching methods and student experience.
It’s no secret – there is a need to engage underrepresented groups in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. We need diversity of thought and different ways of thinking as we work on solving important, multifaceted problems. When know that adding more ideas as we begin exploring these sorts of problems means everyone is not going to …Continue reading “Shifting perspective, increasing diversity”
In October 2013, I took a 15-day trip to five cities, three countries and six hotels. While it was somewhat exhausting, it was also very productive in our efforts to build partnerships with international universities and students. I started the trip with Daji Qiao, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, attending the International Graduate …Continue reading “Guest post: International engagement spends valuable time in East Asia”
Isiah Warner, Louisiana State University Boyd Professor, will kick off this year’s College of Engineering Diversity Workshop on October 6, 2011, at 5 p.m. with the talk “A Diversity Model That Works: The Mentoring Ladder.” The presentation will be held in the Alliant Energy-Lee Liu Auditorium of Howe Hall. Warner will then join college faculty …Continue reading “Isiah Warner is keynote speaker for this year’s Diversity Workshop”
From opening to close, the month of October brought a rush of activity to the College of Engineering and across campus. Family Weekend (October 1–2) hinted of the flurry to come as the college’s tailgating tents overflowed with guests—and a big win over Texas Tech didn’t hurt, either. What followed was a series of events …Continue reading “October roundup”
The College of Engineering’s 2nd Annual Diversity Fair, set for October 21, will feature faculty workshops and a prominent keynote speaker: Scott Page, director of the Center for the Study of Complex Systems at the University of Michigan, where he serves as Leonid Hurwicz Collegiate Professor of Complex Systems, Economics and Political Science. This year’s …Continue reading “College diversity fair to feature faculty workshops, keynote speaker”
The College of Engineering hosted its first Diversity Fair on October 6. More than 125 people attended the fair, which promoted collaboration and idea sharing focused on efforts to increase the numbers of women and students from underrepresented groups in engineering and science and technology programs at Iowa State. In opening remarks, Iowa State University …Continue reading “Engineering Diversity Fair promotes networking and idea sharing”