LGBTQ+ Inclusion in Engineering [Workshop & Panel] | AIChE

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This session will include a presentation and a panel on how to best attract, engage and include LGBTQ+ engineers into your workplace, department or classroom. Strategies will be given for allies of the LGBTQ+ community to better support their colleagues and influence the overall climate. Topics include basic LGBTQ+ terminology, managing bias and microaggressions, introduction of intersectionality and more. The panel features perspectives and experiences from leaders in industry and academia.

The workshop and panel will be followed by a special reception for LGBTQ+ members and their allies in the same room.


3:30 - 4:45 - Workshop & Training on Being a Better Ally of LGBTQ+ Engineers 

The workshop is for allies and LGBTQ+ to discuss and engage in learning more about the current engineering culture, including understanding terminology, unconscious bias and microaggressions. Strategies will be shared to create a more inclusive classroom or workplace. It will be run by:

  • Stephanie Farrell, Experiential Engineering Education, Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ and
  • Anthony Edward Butterfield, Chemical Engineering, University of Utah.

4:45 - 5:55 - Panel of Leaders Discuss Their Experiences with LGBTQ+ Inclusion

This panel will explore real experiences of LGBTQ+ inclusion in industry and academia over the years. The panel includes:

Moderator: Gayle J. Gibson, Director, Engineering Dupont (Retired)

  • Jim FitterlingChief Executive Officer, The Dow Chemical Company and Chief Operating Officer, DowDuPont Materials Science Division;
  • Deborah Grubbe, Owner and President of Operations and Safety Solutions;
  • Eric Reiner, professor at University of California, Berkeley

Learn more about AIChE's Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives.

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AIChE® thanks the Founders’ Circle companies and individuals who have contributed for their early leadership and support of programming to foster inclusion in engineering.

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