Inclusive Excellence in Practice: College of Engineering Earns Silver-level Recognition
Awarded by the American Society of Engineering Education with silver recognition, The College of Engineering is a leader in the industry. Shaped by a culture of inclusive excellence, students, staff and faculty have embraced the importance of working amongst diversity and learning from different perspectives.
Lance C. Perez is a firm believer in diversifying our students to create a more robust, world-changing workforce for the future. “If we are going to meet the workforce needs of the state and the nation, we need more people studying engineering. That’s only going to happen if we diversify our student body.”
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[00:00:04.004]Inclusive excellence is important to engineering
[00:00:06.539]for two very simple reasons.
[00:00:08.341]First of all, if we're going to meet the workforce needs
[00:00:10.810]of the state and the nation,
[00:00:12.245]we need more people studying engineering.
[00:00:14.147]And that's only gonna happen
[00:00:15.648]if we diversify our student body.
[00:00:17.917]Secondly, it's been documented in several studies
[00:00:21.121]that diverse engineering teams are more productive
[00:00:23.690]and lead to better solutions.
[00:00:25.091]So industry is demanding a more diverse workforce.
[00:00:28.128]It's our job to provide that workforce, so it's important.
[00:00:36.269]We are one of only three colleges
[00:00:37.937]of engineering in the United States
[00:00:39.906]to have received silver recognition
[00:00:42.275]from the American Society of Engineering Education.
[00:00:45.111]We're very proud of that accomplishment,
[00:00:46.813]and other universities are coming to us
[00:00:49.416]to learn about what we did to earn that recognition.
[00:00:53.586]Among our initiatives with respect to inclusive excellence,
[00:00:57.290]include our complete engineer program
[00:00:59.726]that seeks to develop six non-technical competencies.
[00:01:03.797]They include things such as teamwork, communications,
[00:01:07.200]professional ethics and inclusive excellence.
[00:01:14.507]We have created several cohort programs
[00:01:16.376]to diversify our student body.
[00:01:18.778]This includes our Women in Engineering Program
[00:01:21.247]and our Multicultural Engineering Program.
[00:01:24.117]We've also partnered with the Peter Kiewit Foundation
[00:01:27.253]to create the Peter Kiewit Foundation Engineering Academy.
[00:01:31.091]This amazing program provides the complete cost of education
[00:01:34.794]for 40 students per year,
[00:01:36.830]and is focused on diversifying the engineering workforce.
[00:01:41.101]These are just some of the things that we are doing
[00:01:43.770]to broaden the diversity
[00:01:45.772]of students in the College of Engineering.
[00:01:52.812]We wouldn't have had the success we've had
[00:01:55.048]with respective inclusive excellence if it hadn't been part
[00:01:58.017]of a broader culture change in the college,
[00:02:00.420]and if that hadn't been fully embraced
[00:02:01.988]by our faculty, staff, and students.
[00:02:04.591]And we're fortunate
[00:02:05.458]that we are now a national leader in these efforts.
[00:02:08.061]People are looking to us
[00:02:09.562]to explore how they can have the similar change
[00:02:12.799]within their colleges.
[00:02:15.001]We have lots of work yet to do,
[00:02:16.903]but we're on the right track
[00:02:18.238]and our trajectory is really great.
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