January 12, 2022

The UW Mechanical Engineering Department is pleased to welcome Cara Margherio, Assistant Director of the UW Center for Evaluation & Research for STEM Equity (CERSE). The talk will take place at 1pm PST on Jan 27 on Zoom. Registration is required.
Embedding Equity into Transformations of Engineering Education
About the talk:
Efforts to transform academic engineering often focus on the outcomes of change projects—such as revised admissions policies, new curriculum, or improved student graduation rates. However, by working to embed equity into the change process itself, these projects can design and implement more efficient and effective changes. Through longitudinal research with all National Science Foundation Revolutionizing Engineering Department (RED) grant awardees, I have identified key processes for embedding equity into change projects: unified voice, group agency, strategic partnerships, and shared vision. Transforming engineering education is an ongoing, evolving process that requires a deep commitment to equitable change processes. By embedding equity into a just change process, we will be able to create sustainable transformations of academic engineering.
About the speaker:
Dr. Cara Margherio is the Assistant Director of the UW Center for Evaluation & Research for STEM Equity (CERSE). Her research interests span the study of intersectionality, higher education, organizational change, and social movements. Cara uses mixed methods to understand the social mechanisms which may change, or facilitate, the production of inequities within higher education. She recently served as a Virtual Visiting Scholar with the ADVANCE Resource and Coordination Network. Cara earned a Ph.D. and M.A. in Sociology at the University of Washington, and a B.Phil. in Sociology and B.S in Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh.