NEES Diversity Workshop • December 2, 2005 at UC San Diego • Participants included Diversity Partners such as AISES, ORAU and SECME
Diversity Working Group Key to Formulating this Plan: • Thalia Anagnos, Chair • Makola Abdullah • Leigh Abts • Mike Avritt • Helen Boussalis • Claude Brathwaite • Shirley Dyke
The Vision Substantially broaden participation in earthquake engineering through development and implementation of key strategies, programs and practices.
Figure 1: Gender Ratios for Baccalaureate and Doctoral Degrees Conferred by U.S. Universities in 2001 Why should we be concerned about broadening participation? Demographic Imbalances
Figure 2: Ratios of Underrepresented Races of Baccalaureate and Doctoral Degrees Recipients in U.S. Universities in 2001 Underrepresented Races Minority races in engineering are truly underrepresented.
Why is broadening participation a priority for NEES? • Model organization. • Successful outreach builds community of learners. • World-wide competitiveness.
NEESR Requirements • Research team - The project team must include in the research activities, faculty and students from predominantly undergraduate institutions, women's colleges, historically black colleges and universities, Hispanic serving institutions, or tribal colleges and universities; or alternatively, include a partnership to integrate the proposed research, education, and outreach activities into existing NSF-funded Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP)…
Diversity Strategic Plan Goals Goal 1 Optimize NEES resources Goal 2 Build relationships Goal 3 Provide leadership Goal 4 Effective evaluation
Goal 1Optimize Resources Activities include: • Leverage cyberinfrastructure • Coordinate activities • Use the website to raise awareness • Media • Interact with diverse communities
Goal 2Building Partner Relationships • Develop and nurture partnerships. • Work with national groups to develop fellowships/scholarships.
Goal 3Provide Leadership • Best Practices • Diversity Working Group • Annual web-based demographic survey • Annual revision/update of DSP
Goal 4 Assessment • Perform annually • Use experts • Feedback NSF Site Visit Team • Annual Long-Range Polling
Accomplishments to date: • Diversity Strategic Plan Version 1.5 • Diversity Workshop • Annual Community Diversity Census • Tracking EOT efforts across NEES
Results: • Result of efforts = positive impact • Increased participation of underrepresented groups • New and creative ways of thinking • Legacy of opportunity
NEESreu Program Funding announcement received in March Term = two years 2006: 15 students 2007: 20 students Oversight Groups REU Oversight Subcommittee (ROS) REU Working Group (RWG) Goals for Student Participation Levels Home institutions Underrepresented groups
NEESreu Program Recruitment Partners LSAMP Institutions AISES ORAU SECME Student Activities 2006 Research Sites Communication Skills Workshop Cohort Experiences Young Researchers’ Symposium
NEESreu Program • 15 students are here today wearing the purple badges • Please join me in welcoming them to the NEES Annual Meeting