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Diversity in STEM Round Table/Panel Discussion – Carina Gonzalez, EiC of IEEE-RITA
April 5, 2022 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am
Diversity has proven to be one of the keys to success for any organization, both business and research. This diversity allows the organization as a whole to be aware of the needs and concerns of its target population, thus becoming more efficient and reaching a greater number of people in its development. However, the enrollment of women in engineering has been declining every year for the last three decades. In particular, in computer engineering, the gender gap is growing. Although there are numerous initiatives to promote STEM careers among women, they do not have the expected result in increasing the presence of women in engineering. So, we must face the challenge of teacher training, both in STEM areas and in co-education. Taking this huge problem into consideration, we propose the organization of a round table to discuss the main challenges that we need to face from universities about co-education and engineering, sharing educational strategies, contents, and resources. The participants of the panel will be 5 experts in the area of diversity, co-education, and engineering. The format of this round table will be online and open, and also, as outcomes we will record the event, sharing the final video in different networks. Different dissemination actions will be carried out at the international level, which is expected to have an impact on at least 500 people. The main impact of the present activity is to increase the number of women enrolled in engineering careers, as well as the number of women in university leadership positions in STEM areas. The attendees to this panel will have co-educational strategies and resources to re-use in their practices, promoting equity and diversity in engineering careers. This activity aims to promote the presence of women in engineering careers and their leadership.