Michigan Engineering DEI Summit 2021

Moving Toward Equity-Centered Engineering

DEI Summit graphic. Two interlocking triangles that resemble mountain peaks.

Michigan Engineering’s DEI Summit is an engaging two-week virtual series designed for students, faculty and staff.

Sessions include a keynote presentation from Dean Alec D. Gallimore, panels and presentations from Michigan Engineering leaders, a creative arts presentation, professional development workshops and lightning talks.

Through these sessions our community will reflect on our collective DEI journey and celebrate our past accomplishments, while looking ahead to a future focused on equity-centered engineering.

Learn more about our events and panelists.

Events

Monday 11/8. 8:30-10:00am

KEYNOTE AND PANEL DISCUSSION
Cultivating Equity-Centered Engineering: A Culture Shift and Practical Implementation

Keynote presentation by Alec D. Gallimore, the Robert J. Vlasic Dean of Engineering, the Richard F. and Eleanor A. Towner Professor, an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, and a professor of aerospace engineering.

Following the keynote, a panel of U-M faculty, staff and student voices will address the question, what does it mean to be a part of a college that focuses on equity-centered engineering? Panelists will discuss practical ways they incorporate the ideals and principles of equity-centered engineering in their day-to-day work and lives.

Participants/panelists:

  • Moderators:
    • Kimberly Burton, Executive Director for Culture, Community and Equity 
    • Prof. Sara Pozzi, Director of DEI
  • Panelists:
    • Sergio Goodwin, Computer Science Undergraduate Major
    • Ann Verhey-Henke, Strategic Director of the Center for Socially Engaged Design
    • Dr. Tershia Pinder-Grover, Director of CRLT in Engineering
    • Prof. Westley Weimer, Professor of Electrical Engineering &  Computer Science

Tuesday 11/9. 12:00-1:30pm

Understanding How Stereotype Threat, Imposter Syndrome and Growth Mindset Affect Student Learning

Research shows that when students worry about fulfilling a negative stereotype related to certain social identities, it can hurt their learning (a phenomenon known as stereotype threat). Research also shows that an instructor’s beliefs about their own and their students’ intelligence and ability impact the classroom environment.

In this interactive session, participants will reflect on instructor and student social identities and learn about strategies for mitigating stereotype threat, imposter syndrome, and encouraging a growth mindset for students in their classes.

Presented by Instructional Consultants from CRLT-Engin

  • Dr. Audra Baleisis
  • Dr. Patricia Jaimes

Wednesday 11/10. 12:00-1:00pm

DEI Lecture Series – Whole Health and You

How do we maintain good mental health in the face of a global pandemic, climate change, political unrest and economic insecurity? Professor Bennefield suggests that the answer is a Whole Health strategy.

Whole Health is a perspective that emphasizes the interrelatedness of the spirit, mind, body, and environment. Using theories and scientific evidence from sociology, biology, theology and psychology, Prof. Bennefield will make a case for why mental health is intrinsically linked to physical, spiritual, and environmental health and highlight the importance of utilizing a Whole Health perspective in order to experience overall wellbeing.

Presented by:

  • Zinobia Bennefield, Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at University of North Carolina – Charlotte

Thursday 11/11. 12:00-1:00pm

Intro to Deaf Culture and American Sign Language (ASL)

This 60 min interactive session is focused on disability awareness at the University of Michigan, with an introduction to Deaf Culture and a chance to learn and practice American Sign Language (ASL).

Presented by

  • Neika White, U-M Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs (MESA)

Thursday 11/11. 4:30-6pm | Student session

Bystander Intervention Workshop: CiU!-ABR

CiU!-ABR is an interactive session where participants will learn about ways their identities can influence how they interact with others, as well as strategies they can start using immediately to navigate some of these interactions when harm is involved. 

This 90 minute workshop is focused on bystander intervention in response to anti-Black racism, however it does not negate nor minimize other types of racism, and it also covers unconscious bias, social identities and social justice.

Presented by:

  • Filipe Cerqueiraon, PhD student in Microbiology & Immunology
  • Carlos Vivaldo, PhD student in Psychology

Friday 11/12. 1:00-2:00pm

DEI Faculty Grant Lightning Talks

Hear from some of the Michigan Engineering faculty who were awarded 2020-2021 DEI Grants. In five minutes, each will share how the grant has supported their initiatives to better integrate Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion into our community.

Moderator

  • Dr. Tershia Pinder-Grover, Director of CRLT in Engineering

Participants/panelists

  • Nosakhare Edoimoya, PhD student in Mechanical Engineering- “How to Do Grad School” Podcast 
    • PI: Ram Vasudevan
  • Tribhi Kathurla, PhD student in Robotics & Robot Museum Docent with UMMA- Robot Museum Docent with the University of Michigan Museum of Art 
    • PI: Maani Ghaffari
  • Jason McCormick, Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering- Creating Systemic Change within the Civil and Environmental Engineering Discipline around Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
    • PI: Jason McCormick, Neda Masoud  and Nancy Love 
  • Joseph Valle, Graduate Student Research Assistant=- Undergraduate Engineering Collaborative Growth Series 
    • PI: Jeff Sakamoto and Ken Powell
  • Ryan McBride, Associate Professor of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences-  NERS Graduate Student Recruiting at Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) and Women’s Colleges & Supporting a Diverse Student Population in NERS 
    • PI: Ryan McBride, Carolyn Kuranz and John Foster

Monday 11/15. 1:00-2:00pm

DEI Department Leads Lightning Talks

Hear from our DEI Department Leads. Each will give a five-minute lightning talk to share an engaging, high-level presentation around diversity, equity, inclusion and access.

Moderator:

  • Prof. Sara Pozzi, Director of DEI

Participants:

  • Karl Grosh, Professor of Mechanical Engineering
  • Dr. Laura Hirshfield, Lecturer in Chemical Engineering
  • Amy Hortop, Lecturer & Associate Chair of Masters Education and Student Experience in ISD
  • Ann Jeffers, Associate Professor in Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • George Halow, Professor of Aerospace Engineering
  • Jonathan Merrill, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Program Manager in Computer Science Engineering
  • Herb Winful, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Tuesday 11/16. 11:30-1pm | Faculty session

Bystander intervention workshop: CiU!-ABR

CiU!-ABR is an interactive session where participants will learn about ways their identities can influence how they interact with others, as well as strategies they can start using immediately to navigate some of these interactions when harm is involved. 

This 90 minute workshop is focused on bystander intervention in response to anti-Black racism, however it does not negate nor minimize other types of racism, and it also covers unconscious bias, social identities and social justice.

Presented by

  • Elizabeth Cole, Professor, Women’s Studies, Psychology, and Afroamerican and African Studies, U-M LSA
  • Matthew Collette, Associate Professor, Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering

Wednesday 11/17. 11:30-12:30pm. Faculty and staff presentation

Watch Party and Moderated Discussion – The Guild

DEI issues are complex and nuanced based on social identities, socialization, life experience, and individual perspectives. Depending on your lens, racial microaggressions and gender bias may not be apparent.

The arts are a powerful tool for expression and social change. The Guild, a collection of professional spoken word artists, uses poetry and compelling performances to heighten our awareness of DEI by widening our lenses to see and interrupt harm in our community. Participants will discuss the importance of DEI concepts and identify ways to engage in equity-centered behaviors.

Wednesday 11/17. 4:30-5:30pm. Student presentation

Watch Party and Moderated Discussion – The Guild

DEI issues are complex and nuanced based on social identities, socialization, life experience, and individual perspectives. Depending on your lens, racial microaggressions and gender bias may not be apparent.

The arts are a powerful tool for expression and social change. The Guild, a collection of professional spoken word artists, uses poetry and compelling performances to heighten our awareness of DEI by widening our lenses to see and interrupt harm in our community. Participants will discuss the importance of DEI concepts and identify ways to engage in equity-centered behaviors.

Thursday 11/18. 5:00-6:30pm.

EnginTalks: Embodying Equity-Centered Engineering

This interactive event seeks to engage the Michigan Engineering community – faculty, staff and students – in a conversation about equity-centered engineering.

“We need engineers to be aware of and correct for the ways their work unwittingly impacts the distribution of wealth, power and privilege in society. We need to first acknowledge who benefits and who is harmed.” – Dean Gallimore.

Come prepared to be exposed to varying insights on how professionals actualize an equity-centered approach to make interculturally informed decisions and how you can do the same!

Moderator

  • Jeanne Murabito, Executive Director for Student Affairs
  • Lyonel Milton, Managing Director of Center for Engineering Diversity and Outreach
  • Sergio Goodwin, Computer Science Undergraduate Major

Participants/panelists

  • Erin Cech, Associate Professor in Sociology & Mechanical Engineering
  • Dave Chesney, Professor in Electrical Engineering
  • Katie Crawford, DEI Coordinator, Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Jun Ge, R&D Program Manager, Stryker
  • Jessy Grizzle, Professor in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science & Director of Robotics
  • Jan Stegemann, Professor & Associate Chair for Master’s Programs in Biomedical Engineering

Participants/panelists:

Audra Baleisis

Instructional Consultant from CRLT-Engin

Workshop Facilitator

Zinobia Bennefield

Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at University of North Carolina – Charlotte

DEI Lecture Series

Kimberly Burton

Executive Director for Culture, Community and Equity

Keynote Panel/Co-moderator

Erin Cech

Associate Professor in Sociology & Mechanical Engineering

Panelist

David Chesney

Professor in Electrical Engineering

Panelist

Filipe Cerqueiraon

PhD student in Microbiology & Immunology

Workshop Facilitator

Elizabeth Cole

Professor, Women’s Studies, Psychology, and Afroamerican and African Studies, U-M LSA

Workshop Facilitator

Matthew Collette

Associate Professor of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering

Workshop Facilitator

Katie Crawford

DEI Coordinator, Civil & Environmental Engineering

EnginTalks

Nosakhare Edoimoya

PhD student in Mechanical Engineering

Lightning Talks

Alec Gallimore

Alec Gallimore

Robert J. Vlasic Dean of Engineering, the Richard F. and Eleanor A. Towner Professor, an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, and a Professor of Aerospace Engineering

Keynote Speaker

Sergio Goodwin

Computer Science Undergraduate Major

Keynote Panelist

The Guild

Presenters

Jun Ge

R&D Product Development Manager

Stryker

Jessy Grizzle

Professor in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science & Director of Robotics

Panelist

Karl Grosh

Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Lightning Talks

George Halow

Professor in Aerospace Engineering

Lightning Talks

Laura Hirshfield

Lecturer in Chemical Engineering

Lightning Talks

Amy Hortop

Lecturer & Associate Chair of Masters Education and Student Experience in ISD

Lightning Talks

Patricia Jaimes

Instructional Consultant for DEI from CRLT-Engin

Workshop Facilitator

Ann Jeffers

Associate Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering

Lightning Talks

Tribhi Kathurla

PhD student in Robotics & Robot Museum Docent with UMMA

Lightning Talks

Ryan McBride

Associate Professor of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences

Lightning Talks

Jason McCormick

Associate professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Lightning Talks

Jonathan Merrill

DEI Program Manager, Computer Science and Engineering

Lightning Talks

Lyonel Milton

Managing Director Center for Engineering Diversity and Outreach

Panelist

Jeanne Murabito

Executive Director for Student Affairs 

Panelist

Tershia Pinder-Grover

Director of the CRLT in Engineering

Moderator/Panelist

Sara Pozzi

Professor of Nuclear Engineering & Radiological Sciences

Keynote Panel/Co-moderator

Jan Stegemann

Professor & Associate Chair for Master’s Programs Biomedical Engineering

Panelist

Joseph Valle

Graduate Student Research Assistant

Lightning Talks

Ann Verhey-Henke

Strategic Director of the Center for Socially Engaged Design

Keynote Panelist

Carlos Vivaldo

PhD student in Psychology

Workshop Facilitator

Westley Weimer

Professor of Electrical Engineering &  Computer Science

Panelist

Neika White

U-M Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs (MESA)

Workshop Facilitator

Herb Winful

Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Lightning Talks

DEI Summit Planning Committee:

Kimberly Burton

Debby Covington

Katelyn Killewald

Tershia Pinder-Grover

Lauren Shackleford

Blaire Tinker

Michelle Campbell

Patricia Jaimes

Lyonel Milton

Sara Pozzi

Heidi Sherick

Heather Wagenschutz