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.
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”
“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!
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.
I am so grateful for the write up about my research and activism done by Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Oregon State University.
Andrea Haverkamp is a PhD candidate in Environmental Engineering, with a minor in Queer Studies at Oregon State University. Her work is in engineering education, which explores the student and faculty experiences in engineering, right from curriculum to learning practices and pedagogy and also looks at diversity, inclusion and equity in the classroom.
Haverkamp is also President of the Coalition of Graduate employees (CGE), representing over 1800 graduate employees at OSU, “I think labor union activism is a critical action-oriented feminist praxis,” she says.
Read the article here, or click through for the text below.
I recently spoke on KMUZ Community Radio in Salem, Oregon about how labor unions are fighting for reform in higher education and how this connects to creating a just, equitable, and socially minded campus community.
I am so happy to share the full video and my slides from the May 25th 2019 SWE Hawaiian Islands event titled “More Work To Do in STEM for Diversity and Inclusion – A Conversation on Underrepresented Genders.” The event was so wonderful and opened up space to discuss Māhū gender in Native Hawaiian culture, (de)colonization and gender activism, trans & nonbinary experiences and identities, and where organizations such as the Society of Women Engineers can go to advance inclusion and support.
The following is the abstract and a link to download our paper which was presented at the 2019 American Society for Engineering Education CoNECD conference, April 15th 2019. CoNECD stands for The Collaborative Network for Engineering and Computing Diversity. The paper was written by myself, Ava Butler, Naya Pelzl, Michelle Bothwell, Devlin Montfort, and Qwo-Li Driskill.
This is a blog post myself and Rachel Tenney wrote for the Graduate Society of Women Engineers blog. Check out the original post here.
Engineering is a male dominated field. There’s really no dispute about that. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, just 15.9% of employed engineering and architectural professionals are women. SWE and GradSWE are open to people of all genders – this includes men. Men, being in the majority, can play arguably an extremely important role in making engineering a discipline which is inclusive, welcoming, and celebrating of women and other underrepresented genders. Today, nearly 50% of women in engineering will experience sexual harassment by male peers – it will take male allies to bring this number to 0%.