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Bringing author Margot Lee Shetterly to campus

More than 1,000 people attended events featuring Margot Lee Shetterly, who spoke about race, gender, science and the history of technology.| Short Read
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IMAGE:  Robert Scott is the Director of Diversity Initiatives

Robert Scott is the Director of Diversity Initiatives at Michigan Engineering and Implementation Lead for the College of Engineering’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee.

I remember vividly standing in the wings at Rackham Auditorium and looking out at the crowd of more than 1,000 people as they listened to Margot Lee Shetterly speak about race, gender, science, the history of technology – and so much more. Author of “Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race” and founder of “The Human Computer Project,” Shetterly’s project, book and inspirational movie helped show us the surprising ways that women and people of color have contributed to American innovation while pursuing the American Dream.

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IMAGE:  Margot Lee Shetterly, author of "Hidden Figures" speaks at the #IAmNotHidden event at the Rackham Auditorium on the Central Campus of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI on January 24, 2017.

Shetterly was brought to campus by Michigan Engineering as part of the College’s DEI Strategic Plan. During her visit, she touched the minds of thousands of students, faculty and staff through a lecture, book signing, and on-stage chat with Vlasic Dean of Engineering Alec Gallimore, where she discussed the need for a greater diversity of voices in science and the STEM fields.

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IMAGE:  Aerospace Engineering Chair Dr. Dan Inman and author Margot Lee Shetterly

I was honored to have been a part of the team that brought Shetterly to campus as part of the annual Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Symposium. Her knowledge, experience and research has helped shed a light on the impact that all women have had on the scientific field, and yet how their story has remained in the shadows for so long. I also loved seeing how people shared their experiences with the #IAmNotHidden hashtag.

I’m looking forward to hearing from two other great figures – General Colin Powell and U.S. Representative John Lewis – through other events hosted by the College and the University this year.

DEI Strategic Plan
DEI event on North Campus

Hosting events in an effort to build community is one of the strategic goals of Michigan Engineering's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Strategic Plan. Learn more about the plan and how you can get involved.

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Shetterly speaking to a full house at Rackham Auditorium
Aerospace Engineering Chair Dr. Dan Inman and author Margot Lee Shetterly
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