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Allies for Gender Equity Series - February 28th-March 1st (February 28, 2019)
Allies for Gender Equity Series - February 28th-March 1st (February 28, 2019)
February 28, 2019 | 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM | Benedum Hall
March 01, 2019 | 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM | Benedum Hall

In honor of Women’s History Month, the Engineering Office of Diversity will be hosting Allies for Gender Equity Series on February 28th and March 1st, 2019. The sessions will be offered for faculty and students and will feature separate workshops for male and female audiences. 

The workshops include Men Allies for Gender Equity and Gender and Higher Education: Exploring Women's Experiences.

Men Allies for Gender Equity: 

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This two-hour interactive workshop encourages and equips men to serve as effective allies for gender equity in STEM settings.  To begin, we highlight University of Pittsburgh data on the recruitment, retention, and advancement of women as well as the importance of institutional climate.  Next, we overview recent literature that helps explain why and how gender inequity occurs.  Lastly, we introduce and develop concepts, vocabulary, actions, and practical skills to promote gender equity.  The workshop is structured as an interactive conversation with opportunities to learn, ask questions, and practice skills through scenario-based exercises. 

Please note that this session is restricted to men.  The similar Gender and Higher Education: Exploring Women’s Experiences session is available for women.

Faculty Session Registration (Male Audience): 

February 28th, 2019 - Benedum Hall 102 at 10:00 am-12:00 pm

March 1st, 2019 - Benedum Hall 227 at 10:00 am-12:00 pm

Gender and Higher Education: Exploring Women's Experiences:

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This session explores the impact of gender on women’s experiences of campus climate. Through small group activities, a review of the existing research, and large group discussions this session will seek to shift the dialogue from individual problems and solutions to seeking to acknowledge and identify institutional challenges and solutions.

Faculty Session Registration (Female Audience): 

February 28th, 2019 - Benedum Hall 102 at 1:00 - 3:00 pm

March 1st, 2019 - Benedum Hall G36 at 10:00 am-12:00 pm

The Speakers: 

Roger Green:

Dr. Roger Green is an Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at North Dakota State University, where he teaches, conducts signal processing research, and serves as Undergraduate Program Coordinator. Since its inception in 2008, Dr. Green has been a lead member of the NDSU Advance FORWARD Advocates, a group of male faculty dedicated to effecting departmental and institutional change in support of gender equality. As part of this group, he regularly trains men, at NDSU and other institutions, to better serve as gender equity allies. Dr. Green received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wyoming.

Robert Gordon:

Dr. Robert Gordon is a faculty member in the Department of Psychology at Auburn University, where he also serves as Undergraduate Program Director; his research focuses on visual attention and on mental representations of scenes and objects. Until 2017, he was an Associate Professor of Psychology, and Associate Dean, at North Dakota State University. While at NDSU, Dr. Gordon was a member of the NDSU Advance FORWARD Advocates, working as part of that group to facilitate institutional efforts to promote gender equity. His efforts have included helping men at NDSU and at other institutions learn to work as allies for gender equity. Dr. Gordon received his Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1999.

Christi McGeorge:

Dr. Christi McGeorge is a professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Science at North Dakota State University (NDSU). Dr. McGeorge earned her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in Family Social Science with an emphasis in Couple and Family Therapy. She is a mixed methodologist who is trained in both quantitative and qualitative approaches to research.

Dr. McGeorge’s research has focused on the influence of heterosexism and homophobia on clinical practice and training, gender equity in therapy, gender equity in higher education, feminist theories, and societal perceptions of single parents. Dr. McGeorge has authored over 35 journal articles, book chapters, and encyclopedia entries. Additionally, she (along with her colleagues) has received well over one million dollars in grant funding from the National Science Foundation and Non-Profit Foundations to support their research and advocacy efforts.

Dr. McGeorge also has extensive experience in program evaluation. For example, she was the internal evaluator for the NSF ADVANCE grant at NDSU and the evaluator for an NSF PLAN-D grant focused on testing the effectiveness of a male advocate and ally program to positively impact university climates for women faculty. Additionally, Dr. McGeorge has presented nationally to groups of women faculty about the impact of gender on women’s experiences of campus climate.

Dr. McGeorge has been the recipient of a number of awards including the National Council on Family Relations Kathleen Briggs Outstanding Mentor Award, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy 2012 Training Award, and the University of Arizona School of Family and Consumer Sciences Professional Achievement Award. She has also been selected to give a number of invited lectures including the 2016 Tony Jurich Lecture on Social Justice at Kansas State University.


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