On May 11, Dr. Ebony Omotola McGee, associate professor of diversity and STEM education, Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College, presented her talk “BLACK, BROWN, BRUISED: How Racialized STEM Education Stifles Innovation.” More than 60 faculty, students, and staff from across CU Denver attended.
Dr. McGee discussed how the STEM fields have systemically downplayed and not supported the rise of people of color into the ranks, from students, to faculty, to professionals. She emphasized that the quest to make STEM education equally accessible to everyone is still being fought today, and that it is everyone’s responsibility to work toward and attain that equity.
Faculty and students engaged with Dr. McGee, asking questions and stimulating additional discussion around cultural awareness and equity. Dean Martin Dunn acknowledged Dr. McGee’s presentation as very powerful and very important. “Your thoughtful insights and education will help us greatly as we move forward,” he said.
At the CU Denver College of Engineering, Design and Computing, we focus on providing our students with a comprehensive engineering education at the undergraduate, graduate and professional level. Faculty conduct research that spans our five disciplines of civil, electrical and mechanical engineering, bioengineering, and computer science and engineering. The college collaborates with industry from around the state; our laboratories and research opportunities give students the hands-on experience they need to excel in the professional world.