Welcome to the Project Page for the “International Engagement and Broadening Participation in STEM from a Family-Friendly Perspective for Women of Color” project
INFORMED CONSENT: Thank you for visiting our website. The content on this page, including information from any webinars or online discussions, will be used to inform our research on international collaborations and the resulting challenges and strategies that either affect or facilitate career-life-balance. You are invited to participate in the discussion and you are free to use any format for your blog name or avatar. Responses from anonymous users are valued equally among those who use identifiable blogger names or those who use pseudonyms. We welcome and encourage participation from the general public, and seek to hear responses from an international audience. Thank you for your participation.
This page is hosted by the PROMISE AGEP, and this unique international project is sponsored by the National Science Foundation: NSF #1449322, Division of Engineering Education and Centers/Broadening Participation in Engineering (BPE).
International Engagement and Broadening Participation in STEM from a Family-Friendly Perspective for Women of Color
Part 1: International Engagement. We will take a group of women faculty of color and graduate students to the July 2014 conference for the Latin and Caribbean Consortium of Engineering Institutions (LACCEI) in Guayaquil, Ecuador. This conference will have sessions that will discuss career choices, life/work balance, and the impact of family and traditions on advancement decisions. In addition, the conference will provide opportunities to develop new collaborations with women in the STEM fields from the U.S. and different Latin American countries (e.g., Mexico, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Argentina and Panama).
Part 2: Webinar series with blogged discussions. We will develop a webinar series that will broach topics of career life balance based on research and experiences from some of the experts from the Gender Summit 3 North America. Hashtag #GS3NA will refer to the summit because our blog will include both online discussions via a website, and microblogging using Twitter. Our webinar series will feature topics such as balancing work and family, how family decisions affect career advancement, and subconscious “imposterism” in the company of males at work and at home. Further, we will highlight some of the policies and best practices that are working for women in other countries such as equal pay for faculty at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, and findings from Europe’s genSET project. The webinars will take place between September 2014 and April 2015.
The International Portion
Participants will be attending the LACCEI conference, and will blog about their experiences. LACCEI Website: http://www.laccei.org/index.php/events/upcoming-events/conference2014guayaquil
Conference Hotel: Hilton Colon, Guayaquil, AV. FRANCISCO DE ORELLANA MZ. 111, GUAYAQUIL, 090512, ECUADOR; TEL: +593-4-2689000 FAX: 593-4-2689149. The Hilton is the conference hotel, all conference events will be held there, except the pre-conference FLEEI program, which will be held at ESPOL, the local technical university.
Specific programs of interest:
- Monday, July 21, 2014: FLEEI, Foro Latinoamericano de Estudiantes sobre Educación en Ingeniería. Location: ESPOL: Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral. TheEscuelaSuperiorPolitécnicadelLitoral is a Public university located on Guayaquil,Guayas Province in Ecuador.
- Graduate students have been asked by the FLEEI organizer to fill out the following short Google form: http://goo.gl/Gik9BS
- We will meet at 7:00 AM to take the ESPOL bus from Hotel Hilton Colon to go to the ESPOL campus. The bus will leave at 7:15 AM. This is a 30 minute bus ride.
- Students and staff in our delegation will be asked to participate as contributors and speakers in the session on “Mobility” and graduate programs in the U.S. (Optional for faculty.) The students will be asked to share their experiences as graduate students in Maryland. The paper that will guide the discussion is here:
- Tull, R. G., Nino, M. and Ramoutar, N. (2012). Preparing for Engineering and Other STEM Graduate/Post-Graduate Masters and Doctoral Programs. Proceedings of the Tenth LACCEI Latin American and Caribbean Conference (LACCEI 2012), Megaprojects: Building Infrastructure by fostering engineering collaboration, efficient and effective integration and innovative planning, July 23-27, 2012, Panama City, Panama.
- Dr. Jamie Bonilla, Dean of Escuela de Ingeniería y Tecnologías de la Información, Tecnológico de Monterrey, México, will present the afternoon session. Dr. Bonilla was the key presenter (via Skype) for the International Careers section of the UMBC seminar on Career Paths in April 2014. Dr. Bonilla spoke about opportunities for short-term visiting professorships in Mexico. Interested persons should discuss options with Dr. Bonilla.
- The FLEEI program will end at 5:00 PM.
- Wednesday, July 23, 2014: Plenary by Dr. Bernice Anderson (Senior Advisor, Office of the Director/Office of International and Integrative Activities (OD/IIA) – National Science Foundation), “Funding Opportunities for International Collaboration and Engineering Research.”
- Wednesday, July 23, 2014: Forum: Women in STEM and Diversity Panel/Mujeres en STEM y Diversidad
- Wednesday, July 23, 2014: Cena de Gala – Awards Dinner and Cultural Show
- Thursday, July 24, 2014: Plenary by Dr. Jose Quadrado (President, International Federation of Engineering Education Societies, Portugal) “Academic, Government, and Industry Collaborations”
- Friday, July 25, 2014: Galapagos Islands Science Excursion – Tentative, On your own
Enlarged schedule available here: http://www.laccei.org/index.php/events/upcoming-events/conference2014guayaquil/conference-chronogram
Technical Talks: http://www.laccei.org/images/stories/technicalprogram.pdf
The Blogging Process
The study is designed to observe responses of participants from the University System of Maryland, NSF Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Bridge to the Doctorate Fellows and Alumni, members of the NSF LSAMP community, graduate student members and faculty mentors from the NSF PROMISE AGEP community, and partners of the NSF ADVANCE Hispanic Women in STEM project who attend the Latin and Caribbean Consortium of Engineering Institutions annual conference in Guayaquil, Ecuador, and their reflections on the conference workshops. We are interested in their thoughts about career-life-balance. We will be asking them to record their thoughts using a blog. Upon return to the states, we will have follow-up discussions and webinars regarding the international experience and career-life-balance, and the general public will be invited to participate in the online discussions. This is a social media, interactive project. Men and women are invited to participate.
[A note about blogging: Many people engage in blogging activities on mobile devices, and bloggers who type without an account may not be able to edit their entries. Therefore, there may be small errors within the posts below that are the result of blogging quickly “on-the-go,” or unintentional mobile device “auto-corrections” that produce errors out of context. Errors will be corrected in any resulting publications. Thank you for reading and participating in the conversation.]