The Institute for Engineering Education & Innovation (IEEI) at Texas A&M University recently collaborated with the American Society for Engineering Education’s Minorities in Engineering Division (ASEE MIND) and the ASEE Commission on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (CDEI) to explore the topic of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in engineering education through a book discussion. The book under discussion was “DEI Deconstructed” by Lily Zheng, a comprehensive guide on the topic of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace.
The book discussion provided a platform for participants to examine their own beliefs and biases related to DEI, and to have open and honest conversations about how these issues impact engineering education. The discussion covered a range of topics, including implicit bias, privilege, intersectionality, and microaggressions, as well as strategies for creating more inclusive and equitable environments in engineering education.
Over 30 registrants participated in the book discussion, including faculty, staff, and students from Texas A&M University and other institutions. The participants were able to engage in meaningful conversations with their peers and gain insights from their shared experiences. The book discussion also provided an opportunity for participants to connect with like-minded individuals and to build networks for future collaborations on DEI initiatives.
The IEEI, ASEE MIND, and ASEE CDEI are committed to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in engineering education and are actively seeking ways to engage with their communities on these important issues. The book discussion was just one of the many initiatives undertaken by these organizations, and they are planning to continue their work to promote DEI in engineering education.