Oklahoma State University was one of 29 universities recognized nationwide as a Bronze level awardee for their Exemplary Diversity and Inclusion program for the second year in a row by the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), and will be recognized at the 2020 ASEE Collaborative Network for Engineering and Computing Diversity conference in April 2020.
The conference is the only conference dedicated to all the diverse groups that comprise engineering and computing workforce, providing a forum for exploring current research and practices to enhance diversity and inclusion of all underrepresented populations in the engineering and computing professions including gender identity and expression, race and ethnicity, disability, veterans, LGBTQ+, and first generation and socio-economic status.
ASEE is a nonprofit organization of individuals and institutions committed to furthering education in engineering and engineering technology. In 2014-15, ASEE created the Engineering Deans Diversity Initiative collaborating with deans of engineering across the United States committed to provide increased opportunity to underrepresented demographic groups.
The ASEE Diversity Recognition Program (ADRP) was created to publicly recognize those engineering and engineering technology colleges that make significant, measurable progress in increasing the diversity, inclusion and degree attainment outcomes of their programs.
Dr. Paul Tikalsky, dean of the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology (CEAT) joined this initiative in 2017, and is among many deans in America who are participating. In doing so, he has committed, through specific actions, to provide increased opportunity to CEAT’s underrepresented students.
Yokolanda Speight is leading CEAT’s Diversity and Inclusion Program, promoting and developing students and their organizations, as well as CEAT’s efforts to be inclusive of all perspectives, opinions and backgrounds.
“Diversity and Inclusion are high priorities within our college and we think we’ve created a robust program to serve, support, educate and include our entire student body,” said Lance Millis, director of CEAT Student Academic Services. “We’re not aware of another engineering college with a broader array of programs and services. Yoko is the ideal person to lead these efforts as she truly has a passion for students and has been involved with our diverse student groups at diversity events for over a decade.”
The Bronze recognition is the only recognition awarded by ASEE at this time, but will plan a Silver and Gold award after programs demonstrate five and ten years of progress on the plans. In order to be recognized at the Bronze level, specific criteria must be met and can be found here.
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