The Institute for Engineering Education & Innovation (IEEI) at Texas A&M University has 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 is “DEI Deconstructed” by Lily Zheng, which provides a comprehensive guide to understanding and practicing DEI in the workplace. The book covers a range of topics, including the history and evolution of DEI, the role of power and privilege in DEI work, and practical strategies for creating more inclusive environments.
The book discussion is part of a larger effort by IEEI, ASEE MIND, and CDEI to promote DEI in engineering education. The goal is to engage engineering educators, researchers, and practitioners in meaningful conversations about DEI and to provide them with resources and tools to create more inclusive learning environments for students.
Through this collaborative book discussion, participants have had the opportunity to learn from one another, share their experiences, and reflect on their own DEI practices. The discussions have been facilitated by members of ASEE MIND and CDEI, who have expertise in DEI and a deep understanding of the challenges and opportunities of promoting DEI in engineering education, as well as IEEI’s director, Dr. Tracy Hammond.
The collaboration between ASEE MIND, CDEI, and IEEI is a powerful example of how different groups can come together to advance the shared goal of creating a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive engineering community.