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Media Advisory


NSF PA/M 03-34 - June 13, 2003

Agents of Change
NSF Workshop Promotes Diverse Engineering Workforce

ARLINGTON, Va.—The press is invited to attend a special workshop that examines the needs and practices necessary for achieving diversity in electrical and computer engineering (ECE) research and education.

As universities across the nation strive to achieve diverse student populations and faculty, some ECE programs have been successful while others have failed, regardless of university size, location or prestige. Engineering department heads can serve as agents of change, occupying a strategic leadership position that impacts both faculty and students. To assist academic leaders from a broad spectrum of engineering schools become agents of change, at a broad spectrum of engineering schools, the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Division of Electrical and Communication Systems will hold a workshop that includes panels, presentations, and discussions with leaders who have succeeded at diversifying classroom and research environments.

Academic leaders including NSF's Deputy Director, Joseph Bordogna, Assistant Director for Engineering, John Brighton, Howard University provost A. Toy Caldwell-Colbert, and NAFEO (National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education) president and former president of Florida A&M Fredrick S. Humphries will share insight based upon their personal experiences. In addition to talks and breakout sessions, W. Terrell Jones of Penn State will lead an interactive role- playing workshop called the "Star Power Simulation" and a panel of seven experts will present their personal experiences as minorities in academia.

Howard Adams, former executive director of the National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science, Inc. (GEM), will speak at the workshop dinner speaker. His remarks preceding will be followed by a performance by the S. Sparrow Music Ministries, a Washington, D.C.-based gospel choir led by Solomon Sparrow. Sparrow has performed at such venues as the Kennedy Center, the Spirit of Freedom Memorial unveiling, and the first inauguration of President William Jefferson Clinton.



Leaders from academic engineering programs and experts in diversity issues


Two-day workshop to recommend best practices to achieve diversity in the electrical and computer engineering workforce. Optional dinner and luncheon events ($50 fee to cover costs of food).


Tuesday, June 17, 2003, through Wednesday, June 18, 2003


National Science Foundation
4201 Wilson Blvd., Room 375
Arlington, Va. (Ballston Metro stop)

For more information contact:

Media contact:

 Josh Chamot

 (703) 292-7730

Program contacts:

 James Momoh


 Vasundara Varadan


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