Public Discussion

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    Joyce Yen

    Co-Presenter
    May 16, 2016 | 12:46 p.m.

    The LEAD-it-Yourself! program will soon be launching a call for proposals to run faculty diversity workshops at your own institutions. Selected institutions will receive up to $4,000 in seed funding to plan and hold a workshop on your campus during 2016 or 2017 using the LiY! website.

    Check out the LiY! website (www.advance.washington.edu/liy) in June for more details.

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    Joyce Yen

    Co-Presenter
    May 16, 2016 | 12:47 p.m.

    What tools and resources would you find helpful if you were planning a workshop for department chairs that focuses on STEM faculty diversity and inclusion?

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    Joni Falk

    Co-Director of CSR at TERC
    May 17, 2016 | 10:40 a.m.

    Thanks for this important video! Can you talk about the strategies that have proven most effective in creating an environment that is friendly to women in engineering? You say you have these, but would love some specific examples. (There is a bit of a high bar to log in to your website).

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    Eve Riskin

    Presenter
    May 17, 2016 | 11:23 p.m.

    Dear Joni,

    Thank you for your comments!

    To have a great environment for women, you have to have a great environment for people. UW is very collaborative and provides a lot of professional development to our faculty, both new and senior. We also work with our department chairs to help them best support their faculty. In addition, we are very family-friendly.

    Finally, we make sure our female candidates meet other women when they interview. We also meet with them to tell them about the resources ADVANCE will provide them.

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    Joyce Yen

    Co-Presenter
    May 18, 2016 | 12:23 p.m.

    Hi Joni,
    We hope you and others will come back to our website later this year. The site is still in beta mode and has minimal public facing information at this point. But in June we will have some short videos showing the website features under development. We hope eventually to have an active user community contributing content and sharing resources and best practices for supporting and advancing STEM faculty diversity.

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    Araina Boyd

    Iron Range Engineering Student
    May 17, 2016 | 01:18 p.m.

    What a great initiative! Do you have specific recruiting strategies you have found effective that you could discuss? What are some of the most prominent hurdles you face when recruiting?

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    Eve Riskin

    Presenter
    May 17, 2016 | 11:25 p.m.

    Hi Araina,

    Please read what I wrote to Joni Falk above.

    As far as hurdles go, solving dual-career placements can be challenging. We try our best and our department chairs work very hard on this. We are lucky to be in Seattle where there is a lot of industry.

    There used to be a lot of bias against women when they were evaluated but we have made a lot of progress on this through education about bias in evaluation.

    Thanks for your question!

    Eve

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    Araina Boyd

    Iron Range Engineering Student
    May 18, 2016 | 12:32 a.m.

    Thank You Eve!

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    Joni Falk

    Co-Director of CSR at TERC
    May 17, 2016 | 02:30 p.m.

    Just came across another video on this topic of improving the culture of engineering for women. Take a look at http://videohall.com/p/673
    You might have interesting resources to share!

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    Eve Riskin

    Presenter
    May 17, 2016 | 11:27 p.m.

    Thanks, I will check it out. Gretal just wrote to us below!

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    Gretal Leibnitz

    Co-PI & Executive Director
    May 17, 2016 | 02:44 p.m.

    Hi Joyce and Eve! Great to see your work in the Showcase! Love the LEAD IT program and would encourage others to employ this work at their institution.

    The video that Joni is talking about is WEPAN’s Engineering Inclusive Teaching: Faculty Professional Development project—http://videohall.com/p/673 I think you might find the work interesting and would love to talk potential collaboration in the future!

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    Eve Riskin

    Presenter
    May 17, 2016 | 11:27 p.m.

    Thanks Gretal, we will check our the WEPAN video! Nice to hear from you.

    Best,
    Eve

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    Jim Boyd

    Technology Director
    May 18, 2016 | 09:01 a.m.

    Thank you for taking steps to share the techniques and tools that have helped your institution create an inclusive environment. The Lead-It-Yourself program sounds like a great tool.

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    Eve Riskin

    Presenter
    May 18, 2016 | 12:23 p.m.

    Thanks Jim! We are hoping that our user community can help many institutions address leadership development for their department chairs. I personally believe that department chair is the hardest job on campus and our leaders need support to do their jobs well. One of our chairs says, “Being a chair is like being a parent, but without the love.”

    Regards,
    Eve

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    Peggy Layne

    Guest
    May 18, 2016 | 12:14 p.m.

    Great program and great video! Love the footage of Irene Peden.

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    Eve Riskin

    Presenter
    May 18, 2016 | 12:21 p.m.

    Thanks Peggy! I love the footage of Irene too. In fact, thanks for the reminder — I’m going to send this to her right now.

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    Sarah Gerard

    Facilitator
    May 18, 2016 | 12:33 p.m.

    Sounds like a great program! I’m curious what feedback, if any, you’ve gotten from UW undergrad or grad students about what it’s like to have more female professors in the department.

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    Eve Riskin

    Presenter
    May 18, 2016 | 12:41 p.m.

    Hi Sarah, thanks for viewing our video. You ask a good question. We haven’t surveyed our students but certainly many of us find ourselves meeting with female students often; serving as their mentors; and helping them navigate all kinds of challenging issues.

    Some of the feedback we have gotten is that the female faculty candidates really appreciate learning about ADVANCE and they clearly recognize the advantages they will have at UW because of the professional development and community that we offer. Last year we hired a young woman who is a total superstar; she had 11 interviews and 11 offers! Clearly diversity and excellence go hand-in-hand.

    Regards,
    Eve

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    Kelly Pudelek

    Facilitator
    May 18, 2016 | 11:43 p.m.

    Great video! What are some of the challenges you expect when expanding the program to other universities? How do you plan to address them?

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    Eve Riskin

    Presenter
    May 19, 2016 | 08:04 p.m.

    Hi Kelly, You ask a great question. We have an evaluation component to LEAD-it-Yourself! so we will be seeing how well the workshops given at other institutions match our model. It is OK if they differ but we consider fidelity to our model as a sign of success of the toolkit.

    The biggest challenge we have faced is that building an entire website (that has many many features) has been much harder than we expected.

    Thanks for your question,
    Eve

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    Marian Pasquale

    Facilitator
    May 19, 2016 | 09:09 p.m.

    This is a great effort and important work. How involved are male faculty in this effort?

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    Eve Riskin

    Presenter
    May 19, 2016 | 10:19 p.m.

    Dear Marian,

    Men are a huge part of this effort. LEAD-it-Yourself! is about faculty development workshops for department chairs in STEM and the bulk of chairs are men. At UW, they have been very receptive to our programming.

    Thanks for your question,
    Eve

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    Leslie Herrenkohl

    Professor, Co_Director 3dL Partnership
    May 20, 2016 | 11:18 a.m.

    Hi Eve & Joyce. Great video and such important work! So glad to have both of you working on this important initiative at UW and now beyond!

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    Eve Riskin

    Presenter
    May 20, 2016 | 03:20 p.m.

    Thanks Leslie!!

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    Sarah Pidgeon

    May 20, 2016 | 01:50 p.m.

    I am so inspired by your video and the LEAD project! I work with lots of career and technical education high schools in New York City, and they typically have mostly male students. I would love to explore how some of this project might be replicated in an engineering course at the high school level some day. Do you think there might be an opportunity for that at some point down the line?

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    Eve Riskin

    Presenter
    May 21, 2016 | 09:25 a.m.

    Hi Sarah, Interesting question. Are you thinking of educating the faculty at the high school about bias against underrepresented groups in STEM or the students? Regardless, you could find resources on the LiY! website about bias that could be used to educate both audiences.

    Thanks for your question,
    Eve

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    Ann Austin

    Professor of Higher Education
    May 23, 2016 | 06:32 p.m.

    HI, Eve and Joyce,
    I have long been a fan of your important work. As you said above, Eve, the department chair role is one of the most challenging in the university—and I think one of the most important, as values, behaviors, and collegiality are shaped in such specific ways within departments. Thanks so much for all your work!
    Ann

  • Further posting is closed as the showcase has ended.

  1. Eve Riskin
  2. https://www.ee.washington.edu/people/faculty/riskin/
  3. Associate Dean of Diversity & Access,
  4. LEAD-it-Yourself!
  5. http://advance.washington.edu/liy/
  6. University of Washington
  1. Joyce Yen
  2. Director
  3. LEAD-it-Yourself!
  4. http://advance.washington.edu/liy/
  5. University of Washington

Closing the Gap
HRD-1310305

UW 360 interviews Eve Riskin, UW ADVANCE Director, and Joyce Yen, UW ADVANCE Research Manager, about their work promoting gender diversity in engineering. The interview focuses on the LEAD program and the LEAD-it-Yourself! program.