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Joseph Bordogna Forum: “Engineering for Everyone: Centering Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion”

February 15, 2022 at 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Please join us for this distinguished lecture given by Dr. Gilda Barabino, President of Olin College of Engineering.

“Engineering for Everyone: Centering Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion”

At its core, engineering involves creative problem solving. Diverse groups of problem solvers are more likely to outperform homogeneous groups and derive the best solution. Yet, ensuring diverse groups in engineering is compromised by the persistent underrepresentation of members of racially minoritized groups and women, and the lack of equitable and inclusive environments to ensure their success.  Centering diversity, equity, and inclusion in the context of engineering for everyone has the capacity to effect meaningful change within our institutions and across higher education. This presentation will challenge assumptions, provide frameworks, apply inclusion lessons, and offer strategies for the future.

This event will be held in a hybrid format in the Wu and Chen Auditorium in Levine Hall (3330 Walnut Street).

Dr. Barabino’s talk was recorded and is available for viewing here.

Dr. Gilda A. Barabino is President of Olin College of Engineering and Professor of Biomedical and Chemical Engineering. She previously served as Daniel and Frances Berg Professor and Dean at The City College of New York’s (CCNY) Grove School of Engineering. Prior to joining CCNY, she was Associate Chair for Graduate Studies and Professor in the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory. At Georgia Tech she also served as the inaugural Vice Provost for Academic Diversity. She is a noted investigator in the areas of sickle cell disease, cellular and tissue engineering, and the role of race/ethnicity and gender in science and engineering. Her many honors include an honorary degree from Xavier University of Louisiana and the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring. Dr. Barabino is president-elect of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s largest interdisciplinary scientific society. She is a Fellow of AAAS, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering and the Biomedical Engineering Society. She is an elected member of the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Medicine and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  She chairs the National Academies Committee on Women in Science, Engineering and Medicine and serves on numerous committees of the National Academies including the Roundtable on Black Men and Black Women in Science, Engineering and Medicine and the Health and Medicine Division Committee. She is also a member of the congressionally mandated Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering. Dr. Barabino consults nationally and internationally on STEM education and research; diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education; policy; faculty development; and workforce development. She received her B.S. degree in Chemistry from Xavier University of Louisiana and her PhD in Chemical Engineering from Rice University.


February 15, 2022
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
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Wu and Chen Auditorium (Room 101), Levine Hall
3330 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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