ESD, ASEE offer free webinar on social justice for engineers

SOUTHFIELD—The Engineering Society of Detroit and the American Society for Engineering Education will hold a free online class on “Foundations of Social Justice for Engineers” on Monday, Aug. 17 from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

The widespread protests surrounding the death of George Floyd and the continuing systemic oppression of marginalized groups in the United States, particularly Black Americans, have thrown a spotlight on the need for a focus on social justice in the public sphere. Many educators are now in the process of critically examining their pedagogies and practice, as well as asking fundamental questions as to what roles engineers can play in tackling broad societal challenges, and whom they serve in so doing.

This webinar, facilitated by Brenda Bryant, dean at Marygrove College, and Carol Miller, professor of civil and environmental engineering at Wayne State University, will introduce key concepts of social justice, provides case study examples within a Detroit context to illustrate social justice issues and explores ways in which engineers and engineering educators can ground their practice in these concepts.

Professional continuing education credits will be granted to engineers upon request.

For more information and to register, https://www.esd.org/programs/social-justice/. Attendees will need to create a free account with ASEE if they have not already done so.

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