UC CEAS Commits as WEPAN Champion, Reaffirming Dedication to Drive Diversity

The University of Cincinnati College of Engineering and Applied Science becomes an Institutional Champion of WEPAN (Women in Engineering ProActive Network), positioning the College as a key leader in advancing the prominence of diverse communities of women in engineering.

By:      Ashley Duvelius
Date:   April 12, 2017

WEPAN institutional champion membership reaffirms the College's drive for diversity.

CINCINNATI, OH—The University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS) has joined the Women in Engineering ProActive Network (WEPAN) at the Institutional Champion level.

As a WEPAN Institutional Champion, CEAS joins fellow university and industry leaders in a collaboration to construct inclusive engineering cultures, create T-shaped students, and equip the diverse workforce of tomorrow.

WEPAN is the nation’s leading organization and catalyst for transforming culture in engineering education. The network connects more than 1,000 leaders from nearly 200 universities, colleges, community colleges, government agencies, Fortune 500 companies, small businesses, and non-profit organizations working to increase participation, retention, and success of women and other underrepresented groups in engineering from engineering colleges through executive and academic leadership roles.

In July 2016, CEAS Dean Teik C. Lim, PhD, PE, and Herman Schneider Professor of Mechanical Engineering, was one of more than 200 engineering deans from across the nation who co-signed the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Dean’s Letter in declaration of their commitment to a diversity plan which would provide increased opportunity to pursue meaningful engineering careers to women and other underrepresented demographic groups. CEAS continues to act on this commitment.

Opting to become an institutional member of WEPAN—the highest level of commitment—further affirms CEAS’ commitment to equity and inclusion as a pillar of growth for the engineering community. This step is in alignment with current CEAS inclusion initiatives; programs such as Emerging Ethnic Engineers and Women in Science and Engineering Undergraduate Research, among others.

WEPAN is a key constituent whose participation is a driving force in ASEE’s diversity plan and Dean’s Letter supporting diversity initiative, especially with institutions whose goal is to recruit, retain, and graduate an increased number of women and other underrepresented groups. ASEE notes “the input of national organizations such as NSBE, SHPE, NACME, GEM, SWE, AISES, WEPAN and ASEE would articulate the definition of the vision of diversity and inclusiveness for the institution; assess its need or justification; provide a statement of priorities and goals; commit to equity, implicit bias and inclusion training across the school; define accountability; and the means of assessing the plan through various means."

Dean Lim expands, “Engaging in WEPAN at the highest level affords us countless resources such as: elevated exposure to a network of like-minded peers striving to reach gender parity; the opportunity to advertise our latest faculty openings to a diverse population of strong, potential applicants; and the fortuity to attend annual meetings where progressive ideas, like North Dakota State University’s ADVANCE Male Advocates and Allies program, are featured and absorbed in a unified effort to strengthen the movement. Our alliance with this professional society will also focus on research-informed methods of creating positive work environments for people from all segments of our society.

With the joint efforts of WEPAN, ASEE, and our fellow institutions and industry partners, I envision the creation of an inclusive, vibrant engineering community that will lead us into our Third Century as an institution.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                


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