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A diversity index to assess college engineering team performance

Rodriguez Alonso, Joaquin and Keith, John A and Dukes, April A (2022) A diversity index to assess college engineering team performance. In: ASEE North Central Section Annual Conference, 18 March 2022 - 19 March 2022, Pittsburgh, PA.

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We have developed a Diversity Index (DI) to better quantify the impact of eight traditionally underrepresented demographic categories in chemical engineering (“Women,” “Non-Binary,” “Black or African American ,” “Hispanic or Latino/a ,” “Asian, American Indian or Alaska Native, Middle Eastern, or Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander” (Asian/other for a short version), “LGBQT,” “Disabilities,” and “First Generation”). We then compared the DI with a Minority Index (MI), which only reflects the ratio of “Non-White American male” members to the total number of members but exhibits poor representation for diversity when teams are conformed mainly by minority representatives . We obtained data by instructor observation (no surveys taken at this time) from 69 self-selected teams that performed 37 technical projects and 101 outreach projects in eight junior/senior chemical engineering courses. Results show that the DI is a promising quantitative tool to analyze and track diversity impact. For outlook, we hypothesize that a “diversity rewarded” option may incentivize students to self-select team members that bring increased diversity, promote inclusion, and yield statistically measurable improvement in performance.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Rodriguez Alonso, JoaquinJOR104@pitt.eduJOR1040000-0002-7238-4774
Keith, John AJAKEITH@pitt.eduJAKEITH0000-0002-6583-6322
Dukes, April A
Date: 18 March 2022
Date Type: Publication
Publisher: American Society for Engineering Eduction
Place of Publication: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Event Title: ASEE North Central Section Annual Conference
Event Dates: 18 March 2022 - 19 March 2022
Event Type: Conference
Schools and Programs: Swanson School of Engineering > Chemical and Petroleum Engineering
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: diversity, underrepresented minority, college engineering
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Date Deposited: 05 Jul 2022 20:33
Last Modified: 11 Jul 2022 06:55


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