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Diversity and Inclusion

Research in this area examines factors contributing to and impacts from underrepresented groups in engineering. Current research projects include: 

Engineering Education for Students with Visual Impairments (EEVI) Project - Grzybowski, Deborah 

Engineering Education for Students with Visual Impairments (EEVI) is a two-year professional development (PD) program for teachers of students with visual impairments (TVI), targeting grades 5-12 focused around bio-engineering. Many studies show that students with visual impairments struggle to learn science because of difficulties with grasping abstract concepts in science, the subject that is often taught using visual materials.  Students commonly rely on tactile or hands-on experience in the classroom, but the available resources are limited.  Students with visual impairments often struggle to understand abstract concepts because of the lack of visual input. We are using 3D printed models along with integrating 3D printers in the classroom and supporting the TVI's with education on use of designing models using CAD software.

Citations: 

1. Wild, T., Grzybowski, D.M., Yang, S.J., Upton, J. “Engineering Education for Teachers of Students with Visual Impairment Professional Development Program”, J. Visual Impairment & Blindness, in review.
 2. Grzybowski, D.M., Wild, T., Yang, S.J. “Engineering Education for Students with Visual Impairments.” 2017 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference, Columbus, OH, June 2017.
3. Grzybowski, D.M., Wild, T., Yang, S.J. “Engineering Education for Students with Visual Impairments.” Association for the Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired of Ohio Conference 2016, Worthington, OH, November 2016.
4. Wild, T., Grzybowski, D.M., Yang, S.J. “EEVI: Engineering Education for Students with Visual Impairments.” Council for Exceptional Children, Boston, MA, April 20, 2017
5. Grzybowski, D.M., Wild, T. “EEVI:  Engineering Education for Students with Visual Impairments.” National Science Teachers Association, Columbus, OH, December 1, 2016.

More than recruitment and outreach: Diversity and inclusion in engineering education curricula and classrooms - Kuzawa, Deborah 

This work-in-progress explores how engineering education might better engage with and teach issues of diversity and conclusion and how Diversity and Inclusion might be central to engineering education curricula. If engineering education makes diversity and inclusion an explicit pillar in our curricula and classrooms, there is the potential to patch the leaky pipeline by improving engineering culture for not just underrepresented groups but everyone and increase the overall diversity and strength of engineering disciplines.

Citations:

1. Kuzawa, D. (2017, March). More than recruitment and outreach: Diversity and inclusion in engineering education curricula and classrooms. Paper presented as the American Society of Engineering Education Zone 2 Conference, San Juan, Puerto Rico.