Diversity & Inclusion

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The College of Engineering and Applied Science embraces the principles of diversity and inclusion. With this in mind, CEAS is forming a Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) Committee to implement the best practices set by the University’s Diversity and Inclusion committee. The CEAS D&I committee will meet the third Friday of each month, to evaluate and provide recommendations for student organizations, staff, and faculty to educate and address issues with the purpose of improving the college experience.


In the month of March,

help us by celebrating National Women's History Month at our local events:

  • The Angel of No Man’s Land: Red Cross Nurses in World War I Illustrated Sheet Music- Feb. 28-March 31, UC Blegen Library, fourth floor. This illustrated sheet music is organized into the categories of angels, mothers, patriots, sweethearts and caregivers — all personas soldiers attributed to nurses. Leininger-Miller describes the illustrations as graphically bold and vibrantly colored music covers that provide a window into early 20th-century popular culture and American wartime values. While traditional gender roles abound in such images, feminism began to emerge as women took on vital positions outside the home, then continued to seek equal rights after the war. 
  • America, Here’s My Boy: Mothers of Soldiers in World War I Illustrated Sheet Music -Feb. 28-March 31, UC Langsam Library, fourth floor. Includes illustrated sheet music covers of compelling visual items that reveal once-widely held beliefs and values about maternalism, masculinity, citizenship and patriotism. Out of 9,670 patriotic songs published in the United States between 1914 and 1918, curator Leininger-Miller explains that at least 120 images on sheet music of white American mothers of soldiers are remarkably consistent, even when depicted by various artists and published by many different companies across the country. Illustrations include men in uniform, usually doughboys, appearing as stoic, alert, virile youths, often with weapons in hand. By contrast, mothers, even though most were in their late 30s and 40s, are regularly portrayed as grandmotherly — emotional, passive and elderly, evoking particular responses in middle-class consumers, most of whom were families and friends at home in the United States. For more information, contact Melissa Norris, melissa.norris@uc.edu 
  • Sisters in the Spirit, UCBA Multicultural Affairs Event
    7-8:30 p.m., every Wednesday in March, Crossroads Church, 62 Calhoun Street, Cincinnati 45219 - Sisters in the Spirit will participate in Crossroads Church's “I AM Journey,” where women will come together every Wednesday in March 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 to focus on a topic to kick-start spiritual growth. 
    To register For more information, contact Corrine Witherspoon at witherce@uc.edu
  • Celebrating Women’s Strength, 4th Annual Women of the World Conference, UCBA Multicultural Affairs and Worldfest Committee Event-8 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday, March 4, 100 Walters Hall, UCBAEnjoy a morning of “Celebrating Women’s Strength.” The WOW Conference is a part of the UCBA Sister Circle support group. This year will include sessions on financial management, leadership development and a dance session. The purpose of Sister Circle is to encourage the promotion of sisterhood among students, staff and faculty at UCBA. Breakfast and lunch will be served. To register
    For more information, contact Corrine Witherspoon at witherce@uc.edu
  • New Understandings of Gender and Sexuality in the Holocaust, UC LGBTQ and Judaic Studies Event-3-4 p.m., Thursday, March 9, TUC 451AB -Enjoy a discussion by Katie Peel, associate professor of women’s studies at the University of Connecticut, on how gender and sexuality can be used as an illuminating lens in deepening our understanding of the Holocaust and those who experienced the atrocity. 
    For more information, contact Amy Schlag, amy.schlag@uc.edu    

    “Rosenstrasse,” UC LGBTQ Event
    4:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 21, UC LGBTQ Center, 571 Steger Student Life Center-Enjoy a film screening of “Rosenstrasse” (2003), a German language film exploring the story of the Rosenstrasse protest where German women waited for seven days and nights outside of a Nazi jail in Berlin for their Jewish husbands during the winter of 1943. 
    For more information, contact Angie Fitzpatrick, angela.fitzpatrick@uc.edu    

    Living Without Shame, in the Soul Café, UC Women’s Center Event
    10-11:30 a.m., Wednesday, March 22, UC Women’s Center, 571 Steger Student Life Center-Enjoy free coffee and bagels while engaging in open conversations among students of all faiths and spiritual backgrounds. Co-sponsored by UC Interfaith Coalition.
    For more information, contact Rosalyn Collins robinr5@ucmail.uc.edu  

    Lunch ‘n’ Learn: Women, Migration and Protest, UC Women’s Center and AACRC Event
    12 p.m., Wednesday, March 22, African American Cultural Resource Center-Join us as students and faculty discuss emigration and immigration, women's lives and protests against structures that force women to migrate or prevent them from settling. Panelists will touch on the 2015 earthquake in Nepal, the Syrian refugee crisis, and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. Please RSVP 
    For more information, contact Nneka Dennie, nneka.dennie@uc.edu 

    The Female Undead in Weimar Culture, UC Women’s Center Event
    4 p.m., Thursday, March 23, 701 Old Chem
    Enjoy a discussion with Barbara Hales, associate professor of history at the University of Houston-Clear Lake, on F.W. Murnau’s “Nosferatu” and E. Elias Merhige’s “Shadow of the Vampire.” Both films portray women’s deaths at the moment when they lose all agency and are reduced to objects.
    For more information, contact Angela Fitzpatrick, angela.fitzpatrick@uc.edu 

CEAS D&I Highlights

New enrollment for 2016 of underrepresented students continues to increase, including a 63% increase in Hispanic students.

• CEAS attended the Compact for Diversity conference in DC. A top female candidate for a faculty position was identified. She will
begin teaching in the next academic year.
• Presentations and participation in CEAS staff meetings by female program managers and directors have led to increased involvement of all staff.
• The number of Emerging Ethnic Engineers (E3) students enrolling in and graduating from graduate school has increased.
• In summer 2015, a total of six students participating in Protégé, an undergraduate research program for high-achieving freshman students, included two females, one African-American female, and one African-American male. Two of these six participants were E3 students.
• The hiring of new faculty has seen an influx of new energy and ideas; several have volunteered to be included in K12 and outreach activities.
Help Nights for K-12 students are ongoing with more students coming to every session. CEAS tutors have noticed improved participation and focus of students.
• The E3 Dr. Edward N. Prather Summer Bridge Scholars Program, now in its 28th year, has expanded to include the UC colleges of Allied Health and A&S. Many loyal faculty and staff are involved along with new A&S chemistry faculty. Marathon Petroleum and the Curtis-Breeden Foundation are among the donors. Additionally, Marathon offered co-op positions to nine E3 students — a
record for Marathon.
• $8,000 was allocated from the Herman Schneider Foundation for support of summer programs for K-12 students.
• This year’s NTA/Robotics Competition was the “best ever” (according to comments from the judges), involving 13 middle and high school teams with faculty representation from three other universities serving as judges. CEAS graduates from as far away as Atlanta also participated as judges and sponsors.
• CEAS partnered with the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE) to hold the first NOBCChE/UC Science Bowl. The event included 30-35 students and 20 teachers/instructors.
• CEAS, A&S and DAAP along with the Hughes Center, collaborated to offer a Sensing Intersession featuring a ten-week long, inclass program for high school students culminating in a weeklong program at UC during spring break.
• Simone Bess was hired for the Summer Bridge UC/Hughes Scholars Program. Eleven students participated in last summer’s inaugural program. This summer 21 students, including seven returning, have enrolled.
• In an effort to increase minority students in STEM disciplines, M2SE (Minorities in Mathematics, Science & Engineering) is formally working with CEAS to achieve this goal.