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September 18, 2023

CoNECD 2024 Registration is Now Open!

Conference Dates: Feb 25-27, 2024

Crystal City Marriott – Crystal City, VA

The Collaborative Network for Engineering and Computing Diversity, or CoNECD is the only conference dedicated to all the diverse groups that comprise our engineering and computing workforce. The vision of the CoNECD (pronounced “connected”) Conference is to provide a forum for exploring current research and practices to enhance diversity and inclusion of all underrepresented populations in the engineering and computing professions including gender identity and expression, race and ethnicity, disability, veterans, LGBTQ+, 1st generation and socio-economic status.

January 25, 2023

Engineering PLUS stEm PEER (Practitioners Enhancing Engineering Regionally) Academy

Application Deadline: March 20, 2023

stEm PEERs will engage in a 2-year professional development and research experience to support the design and implementation of an engineering-focused Implementation Project at their home institutions, with the institution’s support. PEERs will have the opportunity to learn and engage with program experts, researchers and practitioners. Throughout the 2-year engagement, participants will deepen their knowledge and understanding of the challenges and successful strategies guiding the transformation of our national Engineering landscape. PEERs will utilize data and assessment to inform not only their specific implementation project but also to support their synergistic program efforts at their respective institutions and beyond. PEERs will also be guided and supported to submit project outcomes as publications to LSAMP, ASEE and/or the National INCLUDES Network to inform future broadening participation collaborations. PEERs will launch a growing national community of engineering education equity leaders.

Additionally, each program participant will receive a $1,000 stipend to support their participation and continued engagement in this effort. We are seeking mid-career education professionals with a minimum of five years of related experience.

The stEm PEER Academy will investigate the following topics:

  • Understanding the Engineering Education Pathway Landscape with emphasis on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • Models and interventions that work for women and BIPOC students to enroll and facilitate degree attainment
  • Building partnerships/engagement of stakeholders
  • Planning, implementing and assessing, and scaling the Implementation Project

Key Dates for Applications:
Open: December 1, 2022
Deadline: March 20, 2023
Notification: Accepted applicants will be notified no later than April 10th, 2023

2023 Institute:
Orientation: Attend a virtual Orientation, Tuesday April 18th, 2023.
Institute: 10-1pm ET on May 23, May 24, May 30, May 31, June 6, June 7
Monthly: Attend virtual ½ day sessions and complete program updates (July 2023 – May 2024)

For additional information please contact Claire Duggan,

January 25, 2023

The Edge: Fostering Inclusion & Belonging For All

Through 2023, The Lokhorst Group is releasing information and publications related to inclusion and belonging in engineering education and the engineering workplace. The publication is “The Edge”, a new book in progress. You are free to review and incorporate these resources at your pace.

The Edge:
Elevating diversity, belonging and inclusion by inspiring a new way of creating knowledge that is transformational, motivational and authentic.

About Katherina:
Dr. Katherina Tarnai-Lokhorst, P.Eng., FEC, FGC (hon) an award-winning social science researcher and educator in mechanical engineering at the University of British Columbia, is a passionate leader in self-regulation and policy. Katherina’s technical specializations include aircraft design, manufacturing processes and project management. Dedicated to creating an increasingly inclusive culture in engineering, Katherina applies her mastery of
interdisciplinary studies by developing policies and delivering courses that instil learners at all levels with a deep understanding of the impact of technology on society and a passion
to make the world a better place for all.

The Edge