Michigan Engineering DEI Lecture Series

As a college, our dedication to academic excellence for the public good is inseparable from our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). A vibrant, inclusive climate helps us leverage our strengths and make the most of our collective capabilities. These DEI lectures that are sponsored throughout the year cover a variety of topics related to DEI and are presented by thought leaders who bring data, perspective and context to issues surrounding DEI in academia and beyond.

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Design Justice: Creating a More Equitable World Together

Presented by Emily Obert, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Accessibility Experience Design Director at Ford Motor Company. Engineers and designers create new technologies, products, structures, medicines and more, but are there ways of working that can unknowingly marginalize groups of people? Even with the best intentions, we can fall short of creating equitable change with our…

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Teaching Equity-Centered Engineering: Development of a Comprehensive Approach to Teaching Equity

Presented by the Teaching Engineering Equity Center’s Tershia Pinder-Grover, Steven Skerlos, Sara Hoffman, and Lisa Lattuca. Discover the future of engineering education with the Teaching Engineering Equity Center (TEE). Sponsored by the NSF, TEE is pioneering a transformative journey towards creating inclusive teaching environments where equity is at the heart of technical content and pedagogy.…

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Building Allyship Toward a Gender-Inclusive Campus Community

Presented by Nicholas Henriksen, Associate Professor (Romance Languages and Literatures & Linguistics, LSA) and ADVANCE Faculty Fellow. During this lecture, Nicholas Henriksen will examine cisgenderism within the U-M community and present national and institutional data that will serve as a call to action to advocate for a more gender-inclusive campus.  This lecture will also explore…

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Sexual Harassment in the Academy: From Science to Solutions

Presented by Lilia Cortina, Ph.D., University Diversity and Social Transformation Professor of Psychology, Women’s and Gender Studies, and Management and Organizations at the University of Michigan. Academia should lead and inspire change in other industries. Instead, we have the highest rate of sexual harassment outside the military. But what does sexual harassment mean? What actions…

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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI): An Entrepreneur’s View

Presented by David Tarver, a lecturer in the Michigan Engineering Center for Entrepreneurship and founder and board president of the Urban Entrepreneurship Initiative. Examining corporate and academic circles’ views on DEI efforts, David Tarver will share his perspective as he’s witnessed the evolution of DEI up close and personal as a tech entrepreneur.In this lecture,…

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The State of Science and the need for STEM Advocacy

Presented by Dr. Jayshree Seth, a Corporate Scientist at 3M working on development of sustainable industrial products. The future success of businesses, economies, and humanity hinges on the continued advancement of science, and the development of sustainable innovations. This, in turn, is dependent on the inclusion of diverse perspectives inside our organizations and in our…

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Truth Be Told, DEI Needs to D-I-E

Presented by Dr. James Holly, Jr., Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering and core faculty member within the Engineering Education Research program at the University of Michigan. In the field of engineering, the rhetoric regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion has operated to advance progress without changing underlying factors that continue to perpetuate inequities within engineering. During…

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Ready, Set, Action: Improving Equity & Inclusion in Our Departments

Presented by Amy Moreno Sherwood, M.Ed., Director of The Broadening Opportunities through Leadership and Diversity (BOLD) Center within the College of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Colorado Boulder. Amy Moreno Sherwood will provide various practices and reflection exercises that encourage students, staff and faculty to be active DEI champions.Drawing from Michigan Engineering’s…

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Enhancing LGBTQ+ Inclusive Campus Climate: A discussion of impactful practices

Presented by Will Sherry (he/him/his), Director of Spectrum Center, U-M. Celebrating its 50th anniversary in May, the University of Michigan Spectrum Center was established in 1971 as the first center in higher education to support LGBTQ+ students on campus. In this session, the Center’s director, Will Sherry, will examine impactful practices at individual, community, and…

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My Journey to QuantCrit: How the Scientist Met The Fugitive In The Borderlands

Presented by U-M postdoctoral fellow Paulette Vincent-Ruz, Chemistry Education at the University of Michigan, LSA. Why do we study how to become better educators? Historically, the methods used to do this research can perpetuate racial bias. As such, research produced by these faulty methods fails to provide insight that could dismantle unjust systems in STEM…

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Disabusing Disability: Demonstrating That DISability Doesn’t Mean Inability

Presented by U-M Professor Oluwaferanmi Okanlami MD, MS Disability is regularly neglected in conversations about diversity, equity, and inclusion, yet it is the one demographic that we may all identify with one day. Disability should serve as a means of demonstrating that we are all much more similar than we are different.  As a disabled,…

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Whole Health and You

Presented by Dr. Zinobia Bennefield, an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of North Carolina – Charlotte. How do we maintain good mental health in the face of a global pandemic, climate change, political unrest, and economic insecurity? Dr. Bennefield suggests that the answer is a Whole Health strategy. Whole Health…

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Contact

Sara A. Pozzi, Ph. D.

DEI Lecture Series Lead

University Diversity and Social Transformation Professor

Professor of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences and Professor of Physics

Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

[email protected]

Michelle French

Michelle French

DEI Lecture Series Staff Support

Program Coordinator, Office of Culture, Community and Equity (OCCE)

[email protected]