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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion SummitA Big Ten ++ Engineering Workshop

October 16-18 | Penn State University Park

In engineering, we use our individual perspectives of identity, culture, and life experiences to uncover solutions to society's largest challenges, and we make the most impact when we harness the power of diverse ideas and nurture talent from all groups.

Keynote Speakers

Ebony Omotola McGee

Ebony Omotola McGee, Ph.D., is a professor of Diversity and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College. She investigates what it means to be racially marginalized and minoritized in the context of learning and achieving in STEM higher education and the STEM professions. She studies the racialized structures and institutional barriers that adversely affect the education and career trajectories of underrepresented groups of color, focusing particularly on STEM entrepreneurship.

Her scholarship involves exploring the social, material, and health costs of academic achievement and problematizing traditional forms of success in higher education, with an unapologetic focus on Black folx within the STEM ecosystem. She received a National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER grant to investigate the role of marginalization in undercutting success in STEM through psychological stress, interrupted STEM career trajectories, impostor phenomenon, and other debilitating race-related trauma for Asian, Black, Indigenous, and Latinx doctoral students.



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