Retracing My Steps: Reflections of a Black Woman Leader in Engineering

ASEE CDEI Virtual Workshop Summer Series


Virtual Workshop
June 10, 2020
10 AM PT, 11 MT, 12 PM CT, 1 ET

Despite increased racial and gender diversity at the student and faculty level, Black women in leadership are an aberration in higher education. The facilitators have developed a leadership toolkit to support Black women administrators. Thus, three learning objectives for the proposed session are:

  1. To motivate attendees to think about how gendered racism influences faculty and staff in engineering.
  2. To consider the utility of narrative inquiry in engineering education research.
  3. To help participants imagine new possibilities the way we think about governance, faculty retention, and institutional innovation.

This virtual workshop will simulate a roundtable discussion involving the following:

  • Sharing author experiences with the topic: Both authors are academics of color who have personally navigated the structural barriers that will be discussed in the presentation.
  • A summary of pertinent demographic information related to the study population (Black women faculty and administrators)
  • Robust hands-on learning by asking participants probing questions about their own encounters with gendered racism and what institutional best practices they are familiar with.
  • Handouts that feature: an emergent institutional retention framework for Black women faculty and administrators, as well as innovative academic resources.
  • A summary of existing institutional support strategies focused on Black women (example: the Sisters of the Academy Institute)

Workshop Facilitators

Meseret Hailu Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Arizona State University

Meseret F. Hailu is an Assistant Professor of Higher and Postsecondary Education in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College. Her work focuses on the retention of minoritized women in STEM STEM pathways and professions.


Twitter: @DrMeseretHailu

Monica Cox Ph.D.
Professor and Chair in the Department of Engineering Education, The Ohio State University

Monica F. Cox, Ph.D., is Professor and Chair in the Department of Engineering Education at The Ohio State University. Prior to this appointment, she was an Associate Professor in the School of Engineering Education at Purdue University, the Inaugural Director of the College of Engineering’s Leadership Minor, and the Director of the International Institute of Engineering Education Assessment (i2e2a).


Twitter: @DrMonicaCox





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