Coalition believes that there is strength in diversity and values
all individuals. In an inclusive environment, individuals (and institutions)
are recognized and appreciated for their differences in characteristics,
styles, backgrounds, motivations, values, and aspirations. In addition,
we believe that engineering education must be made more open to
women and underrepresented ethnic minorities, since their contributions
would strengthen the enterprise.
To better reflect this value, we must develop the ability to recruit,
retain and graduate members of underrepresented groups in engineering
and to develop an atmosphere of inclusiveness in the classroom.
We believe that cooperative learning is one way to instill in our
faculty and students an appreciation of diversity, since cooperative
learning emphasizes that students must be involved as partners with
faculty in seeking an enhanced learning environment, must accept
responsibility for their learning, and must learn to work cooperatively
with others of different backgrounds and ideologies to reach their
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Last updated: October 24, 1998.