Enhance inclusion in the classroom with an entrepreneurially minded implementation and coaching plan!

When: June 3 - 6, 2024
Where: Minneapolis, MN

The overarching goal of our work is to support educators and learners towards a more inclusive and diverse STEM community. The goal of this workshop is to invite the KEEN community to consider this lens through which to view EML and EM pedagogy.

EIT provides a space for you to discuss, ideate, and be open-minded to new ideas.

Who Should Attend: Instructors teaching engineering courses who want to foster inclusion and diversity.

Registration Opens: February 8, 2024

Registration Closes: April 5, 2024

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.

  • Understanding pedagogical tools and techniques to foster inclusion and diversity.

  • Integrating and leveraging EML techniques to enhance DEI in the classroom.

  • Developing an implementation plan that serves your own context.

Registration Countdown

Register for EIT before it closes on April 5, 2024.

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Workshop Phases

Each EUFD National workshop consists of three distinct phases, the Quickstart, Meetup, and Press Onward, over the course of a year.

  • 1. QuickStart

    The QuickStart course begins your adventure. You can start your journey immediately after registering. In this self-paced online course, you will begin learning the central ideas of the workshop and how they apply the entrepreneurial mindset (EM). The facilitation team has customized your introduction to the workshops topics and will ask you to identify a candidate project.

  • 2. Meetup

    Within the Meetup course and event, 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 Minneapolis, MN from June 3 - 6, 2024. 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. Following the Meetup event you will have a series of online meetings over the course of the year with members of the coaching team, individually or with other participants. 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.

Facilitators and Coaches

Facilitator & Coach

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.

Facilitator & Coach

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.

Facilitator & Coach

Tricia Clayton

Dr. Tricia Clayton (she/they) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Engineering at Wake Forest University. Prior to joining Wake Forest, she was a faculty member at the University of Texas at Austin in the Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering, where she was the faculty advisor for multiple professional and identity-based student organizations. Her background provides a unique perspective teaching and leading research teams at two very different institutions, from a research-intensive program at a large state school to a small undergraduate-only engineering program at a liberal arts college. She teaches courses in engineering mechanics, structural design, natural hazards engineering, probability and statistics, and a first-year seminar on LGBTQ+ experiences in STEM. Her goal is to make engineering education a place where all feel welcomed, included, and valued.

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.