Rik’s Mind Podcast Episode #60

What an interesting interview! I expected we would delve more into my research, but the topic quickly went to something I rarely get the chance to explore: convincing a non-union, apprehensive worker that unions are – in fact – a good thing. A great conversation across and between many ideological stances. Thank you for having me on the show, Rik! Check it out: https://www.riksmind.com/listen/60andreahaverkamp

“Women’s Professional STEM Societies Rethink Gender Diversity”- column in Undark Magazine

Probably the most invigorating discussion on the topic of gender expansive inclusion & advancing nonbinary students in STEM I have had lately, with columnist Teresa Carr at Undark Magazine.

So, are women’s organizations the right place to work towards greater gender diversity? I asked Haverkamp. She repeated the question and let it echo for a moment. “Either, yes, women advocate for greater gender diversity, or no, women shut the door, and they say we have our marginal stake in the system, you go figure it out yourself,” she said. “The most feminist answer, would be ’yes’ — to welcome in and advocate for the full, free, liberated range of gender expressions and embodiments in STEM.”

Read the whole thing! It also discusses the amazing work SWE Hawaiian Islands has done to bring Indigenous Justice / Native Hawaiian Māhū inclusion into their scholarships, despite lack of national support from Society of Women Engineers.

Here’s the article link: https://undark.org/2021/10/27/womens-professional-stem-societies-rethink-gender-diversity/

Creating Inclusive Scholarships with SWE Hawaiian Islands

If you are attending the annual conference this weekend, check out this session on Saturday, October 23rd!

This is Julie Yip’s wonderful and succinct summary from LinkedIn:

Last year, I had the honor of befriending the Society of Women Engineers Hawaiian Islands and supporting their work to establish on an endowed memorial scholarship honoring Mae Nakatani Nishioka, the first woman engineer in Hawai’i.

This year, we get the share Mae’s life and our story at the Global SWE Conference. We will be speaking Saturday, October 23rd at 10:45-11:45am Pacific Time virtually and with a live chat.

What is unique and important about this SWE chapter is its:
– Inclusion of all gender identities in engineering and technology, such as Native Hawaiian Māhū, transgender, nonbinary, and more
– Acknowledgement and cherishing of Native Hawaiian culture
– Open criteria of community college students and a minimum 2.0 GPA  
– Transition from small-scale DIY fundraising to sustainable endowment
– Recognition and gratitude for Mae’s contributions as being “the first”

Check out the scholarship website here: http://hi.swe.org/scholarships.html

See you at the conference!

SWE Podcast on Nonbinary Student Experiences with Dr. Haverkamp

“In this SWE Diverse episode, Alexa Jakob, lead of SWE’s LGBTQ+ and Allies Affinity Group, speaks with Dr. Andrea Haverkamp. Listen as they discuss Dr. Haverkamp’s research on the experiences of nonbinary students in engineering.” – check it out here!

https://alltogether.swe.org/2021/06/pride-month-podcast-nonbinary-students/

Coming Together is Divine

Yesterday ended the Jewish holiday of Shavuotone of the major observances of the Jewish year. Jewish “days” actually begin at night. The festival of Shavuot (“Weeks” or “Pentecost”) is also known in our tradition as z’man matan toratenu—“The Time of the Giving of Our Torah.” I had some thoughts I wrote late at night. I posted it here, unedited, some small typos included.

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Calling for a Paradigm Shift in the Study of Gender in Engineering Education

My first, first-author publication is out! Click “read more” for the abstract, and follow this link to read the whole article in Studies in Engineering Education.

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I defended my PhD in Environmental Engineering and Queer Studies!

Happiest and proudest day of my life as a queer, first-gen, low income scholar! Right before presenting.

My dissertation, Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Undergraduate Engineering Students: Perspectives, Resiliency, and Suggestions for Improving Engineering Education, was defended on January 22nd. I am excited to have in this post the video link to watch, a download for use in any courses you teach, and the slide deck for reference! I want this work to be accessible to the public.

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Quoted in Washington Post: Amid pandemic, graduate student workers are winning long-sought contracts

Union protesters march at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., in 2019, over what organizers said were increasing incidents of harassment and discrimination. (Michael Dwyer/AP)

“People are fighting because in this pandemic and this austerity period in higher education, it’s fight or flight,” said Andrea Haverkamp, the president of the Coalition of Graduate Employees at Oregon State, where she is a doctoral candidate and graduate research assistant in environmental engineering. “When push comes to shove, workers stick up for themselves.”

Read the whole article here!

Podcast interview with Laborwave

LaborWave Radio · Waste After The Revolution

So very honored and delighted to be interviewed by Laborwave, a thought provoking and engaging leftist theory and news podcast. Here is a description from their website:

“After the Revolution is inspired by the desire to offer more than a diagnosis of what is wrong with today by focusing on what we might be able to bring about instead. Each episode within this series will begin by highlighting the importance of considering one particular feature of society, then imagining what it might look like after the revolution, and finally offering some ideas on how we get to this revolutionary society.”

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