Leverage entrepreneurially minded learning to enhance diversity, equity, and inclusion!

When: August 9-12, 2022
Where: Denver, CO

Enhancing Diversity and Inclusion through Entrepreneurially Minded Learning supports educators and learners toward a more inclusive and diverse STEM community that emphasizes EML through demonstrations of EM pedagogy inherently linked to improved diversity, equity, and inclusion outcomes. The workshop includes three courses: Quickstart, Meetup, and Press Onward.

This workshop will provide tools for educators that enhance EML and address challenging topics like DEI in your course design, without reinventing your courses and in a way that maximizes your impact as faculty.

Learn how to enhance diversity and inclusion in engineering while fostering an entrepreneurial mindset in your students. Join us the upcoming Enhancing Diversity and Inclusion through Entrepreneurially Minded Learning workshop!

Workshop full, registration closed.

3 Key Takeaways:

Everything you learn from the facilitation and coaching team and other participants can be immediately applied to your context and topics of interest.

  • Learn tools and techniques to foster inclusion and diversity.

  • Integrate entrepreneurially minded learning techniques and leverage them to enhance diversity, equity, and inclusion.

  • Develop an implementation plan that serves your own context.

The Enhancing Diversity and Inclusion through Entrepreneurially Minded Learning Workshop Sequence of Courses

These three courses are completed before, during, and following the August 9-12, 2022 Meetup

  • 1. Quickstart

    The QuickStart course begins your adventure. You can start your journey immediately after registering. In this self-paced online course, you will learn the central ideas of entrepreneurial mindset (EM) and consider how to apply them within your courses and curriculum. The facilitation team has customized your introduction to EM with examples and will ask you to identify a candidate project.

  • 2. Meetup

    Within the Meetup course and portion of the workshop, you will interact (and likely even have some fun) with the facilitation team and other participants. The Meetup for this particular workshop will be in-person! Up to thirty participants will meet in Denver, CO from August 9-12. Learning from each other is always one of the most valuable and memorable parts of any workshop sequence. Individual participants will arrive — and a community will emerge.

  • 3. Press Onward

    Pressing Onward can be transformative. The course includes a series of online meetings with other participants and members of the facilitation team. The ample time between meetings affords an opportunity to develop your ideas and experiment. Get real results as you apply what you learned and share discoveries along the way. When complete, you'll publish a card on EngineeringUnleashed.com to serve as a resource for the community.

Transform your teaching, research, or service.

Engineering Unleashed Faculty Development Workshops deliver actionable, adaptable strategies and resources that empower you to create long-lasting value with the entrepreneurial mindset (EM). Expert faculty from top institutions have created these workshops that provide guidance to complete a project while collaborating with faculty from across the nation.



Erin Henslee

Dr. Erin Henslee is a Founding Faculty and Assistant Professor of Engineering at Wake Forest University. Her research spans biomedical engineering, e-sports, and STEM education. She is also passionate about developing open education resources, sharing inclusive teaching practices in STEM fields. She has served as a community catalyst since 2020. Prior to joining Wake Forest she was a Researcher Development Officer at the University of Surrey where she supported Early Career Researchers. She received her BS degrees in Engineering Science and Mechanics and Mathematics from Virginia Tech, her MS degree in Biomedical Engineering from the joint program between Virginia Tech and Wake Forest University, and her PhD in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Surrey.


Lauren Lowman

Lauren Lowman is a Founding Faculty member and an Assistant Professor in the Engineering Department at Wake Forest University and has served in this role since 2018. In this role, she has developed new interdisciplinary curriculum that bridges engineering fields and reflects the Wake Forest University motto of Pro Humanitate ("For Humanity"). Lauren received a Ph.D. and M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering with a focus in Hydrology and Fluid Dynamics from Duke University, and a B.A. in Public Policy Studies from Duke University. Her research investigates how extreme events affect overall ecosystem health, productivity, and sustainability using numerical models, geospatial data analysis, and field experiments. She is also passionate about developing and sharing inclusive teaching practices in STEM fields and received a 2020 Engineering Unleashed Fellowship from the Kern Family Foundation to support this work.

Facilitator & Coach

Michael Gross

Dr. Michael Gross is a Founding Faculty and Associate Professor of the Department of Engineering, the David and Leila Farr Faculty Director of the Entrepreneurship program, and a KEEN Leader at Wake Forest University. The Engineering Department launched in the fall of 2017 and is viewed as an opportunity to break down silos across campus and creatively think about reimagining the undergraduate engineering educational experience, integration and collaboration across departments and programs, and how to achieve the motto of Wake Forest University: Pro Humanitate (”For Humanity”). He has engaged in research and faculty development for designing educational experiences that support student intrinsic motivation for all students, particularly at the course activity level, and basic psychological needs satisfaction. He also collaborates with the Wake Forest Program for Leadership and Character in designing course activities that support character virtue development in the undergraduate engineering curriculum.