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IOE partners with Engineering Education Research to deliver limited DEI event series

U-M IOE and EER are co-hosting a new Virtual Mentoring Workshop event series for the Michigan Engineering community. The focus of the series is to help foster an engaging and inclusive environment for students, faculty, and staff.| Short Read

U-M Industrial and Operations Engineering (IOE) and the Engineering Education Research Program (EER) are co-hosting a new Virtual Mentoring Workshop event series. The focus of the series is to help foster an engaging and inclusive environment for students, faculty, and staff. Open to all U-M Engineering students, faculty and staff; the limited series will run from January to March this year.

Each online event will feature a guest speaker from across industry, academia, and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) positions. Major focus points for the sessions include facilitating conversations, building connections and empowering self-reflection opportunities.

“These workshops are unique because they provide attendees with opportunities to learn about speakers’ experiences and career pathways in an informal environment,” said Joi Mondisa, U-M IOE assistant professor and EER core faculty. “We designed this series to specifically facilitate conversations, develop connections, and empower self-reflection.”

"These workshops are unique because they provide attendees with opportunities to learn about speakers' experiences and career pathways in an informal environment."Joi Mondisa, Assistant Professor, U-M Industrial & Operations Engineering

The first two workshops in this series will be on Wednesday, January 27, and Thursday, January 28. On the 27th, U-M IOE alum Donald Richardson will lead a workshop titled “Journey to a PhD in Industry: IOE, Healthcare, Community.” Richardson is currently a Health Systems Engineer at Johns Hopkins University, Applied Physics Lab (JHU/APL).

On the 28th, Dave Ostreicher, currently a manager in purchasing supplier development at Toyota’s North American R&D headquarters in Ann Arbor and a U-M IOE alum, will present “Who did What When Where to Support Me Becoming Me: Role Model vs Mentor, vs Coach, vs Sponsor.”

Both events will take place virtually via Zoom from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm EST and require registration. All currently scheduled workshops in the series can be viewed here.

This series is funded by the Michigan Engineering Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 2020-2021 Faculty Grant. The grant was awarded based on the innovation and motivation demonstrated by U-M IOE and EER’s proposal.

Engineering Education Research (EER) is a graduate research program that leverages U-M Engineering faculty’s expertise. The mission of EER is to improve engineering education at all levels. The program focuses on creating innovative research that impacts scholarship, practice, and policy in engineering and engineering education on an international level.

  • Joi Mondisa

    Joi Mondisa

    Assistant Professor of Industrial and Operations Engineering

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