Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Part 1: Why it Matters in STEM and Engineering | AIChE

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Part 1: Why it Matters in STEM and Engineering


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Solutions to 21st century problems require innovation and creativity. These are accelerated through diverse teams and by ensuring that spaces are inclusive. This course focuses on inclusion in the academic setting — providing an overview of why inclusion in engineering matters and the role of unconscious bias in academia.

Key definitions and concepts will be presented to lay a foundation. Then, through a series of mock scenarios, you’ll learn how to both recognize and mitigate unconscious bias — a first step toward becoming inclusion conscious and creating an inclusive space in STEM and engineering communities. 

  • The definition of unconscious bias and why it matters in academia  
  • How to identify unconscious bias in academic settings 
  • The impact of unconscious bias on behaviors, decision making, social interactions, and on academic and organizational success 
  • How to recognize high-risk scenarios that may result from unconscious bias 
  • Steps toward understanding your own unconscious biases 
  • Viable steps to mitigate unconscious bias 
  • How to set goals to manage bias 

Undergraduate and graduate STEM and engineering students; engineering professors and lab assistants; engineering deans and administrative professionals; and non-engineers working in academic settings 

  • Welcome 
  • Overview 
  • A Matter of Diversity 
  • Principle Concepts 
  • The “Unconsciousness” of Unconscious Bias 
  • Unconscious Bias Left Unchecked 
  • Mitigating Unconscious Bias 
  • Steps to Mitigate Unconscious Bias for Leaders and Staff 
  • Don’t Give Up! 
  • Recap and Conclusion 

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