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Inaugural Joseph Bordogna Forum: “A Call to Action for Racial Justice and Equity in Engineering”
February 24 at 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Racism and anti-Blackness are crises that jeopardize our democracy, productivity and well-being and call into question whether we can all live together peaceably and harmoniously in a just and equitable American society. At this critical moment in our nation’s history we need more than words that renounce racism and anti-Blackness, we need actions to abolish them.
We must be willing to have meaningful and difficult conversations if we are to rid ourselves of the fear of the other, the yoke that prevents us from becoming a nation where everyone is treated with dignity and respect. Engineers must be at the table where these conversations take place.
In this lecture, Dr. Slaughter will discuss the social responsibilities that engineers have in making the world a more equitable place and the solutions that corporations and academic institutions can enact to create lasting and meaningful change.
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Dr. John Brooks Slaughter
Deans' Professor of Education and Engineering, Viterbi School of Engineering and the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California
John Brooks Slaughter’s distinguished career began as an electrical engineer and includes leading two universities and heading the National Science Foundation (NSF) as its first African American director, among many other accomplishments.
His education research has been in the areas of higher education leadership, diversity and inclusion in higher education, underrepresented minorities in STEM, and access and affordability. In his position at USC, Slaughter looks at the intersection between engineering and education, with a focus on what has become his lifelong quest of increasing minority participation in the science and engineering fields.
In this lecture honoring Joseph Bordogna, former professor and dean at Penn Engineering, Dr. Slaughter will discuss the social responsibilities that engineers have in making the world a more equitable place and the solutions that corporations and academic institutions can enact to create lasting and meaningful change.