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Best Practices for Recruiting Students into Nontraditional STEM and CTE Programs and Pathways

Best Practices for Recruiting Students into Nontraditional STEM and CTE Programs and Pathways

Recruiting nontraditional students into STEM and CTE programs and pathways can be a significant challenge. Understanding the root causes is crucial to sustainable change; however, recruitment remains one of the biggest hurdles to participation. In this workshop, we review the best practices for recruitment, and participants explore strategies that will work best for their population.

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To change outcomes, identify and address root causes

Root Cause Analysis for Nontraditional CTE Pathways

For diversity, equity, and inclusion issues, we must find the root causes for our specific populations before diving in with well-intentioned interventions that may miss the mark and leave us no better than before we started. In this post with a recorded workshop, we teach participants how to do a root cause analysis to help uncover the root causes of the more visible symptoms and problems like persistence or interest in nontraditional careers.

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Engineer Inclusion Session Pledge

What are group norms or shared agreements? (And why are they important?)

Every group naturally develops normative behaviors, expectations, and unwritten ways of operating. To intentionally engineer inclusion, you can set or establish norms that scaffold equitable and inclusive practices. We’ve created a simple four-S alliteration to help you get started. Save the image, download the pdf, or use our pledge as a starting place to create your own.

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Which US states are restricting education on racism and bias?

To create equitable and inclusive environments, we must talk about ideological, interpersonal, institutional, and internalized biases. However, many states are restricting education on racism and bias, affecting public pre-college and higher education institutions. This is incredibly problematic and prevents progress towards equality. In this post, view a map of states who are restricting and expanding education by Chalkbeat. 

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Reduce Workplace Communication Breakdowns

Reduce Workplace Communication Breakdowns

We’ve all experienced breakdowns in communication. They can be frustrating, confusing, and problematic to the success of our teams and organizations. In this recorded virtual networking event, we talked about communication styles and strategies to reduce potential communication breakdowns.

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Zoom Producer

We are seeking a “Zoom Producer” consultant to help us host the most amazing virtual workshops.

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Top 10 Root Causes for participation and completion in nontraditional pathyways

Barriers and Root Causes to Access & Success in CTE & STEM

In this 90-minute virtual workshop recording, I introduce the top 10 root causes for participation and completion in pathways to Career and Technical Education (CTE) and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) careers through the lens of the 4-I’s of oppression. Download a handout at the end of the post.

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2021 - 2022 top posts planning tools

Top 2021 Posts + Make a Plan for 2022

A new year is an excellent opportunity for refreshed goals and revitalized plans, so if you are inclined to spend this time of year reflecting and planning as I do, I want to offer you some helpful tools. I also recap the top read posts of 2021.

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Inclusive Leadership Development Model

Dr. Meagan Pollock developed the ILD model as a teaching tool for Engineer Inclusion clients. While the model’s origin is from an engineering leadership context, it is helpful for anyone who aims to develop inclusive leadership practices.

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Meagan Pollock TEDx Talk - How to become an inclusive leader

TEDx Talk: How to become an inclusive leader

On October 25, 2021, I accomplished a life goal– to give a TEDx talk. The event was hosted by Wolcott College Prep in Chicago, and I couldn’t be happier with the result! It is 11 minutes, and you won’t regret learning “how to become an inclusive leader.”

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Are you ready to de-hibernate?

De-Hibernate and Build Networks for Resiliency

As we slowly re-emerge from isolation, we may find our personal, professional, and community networks look and feel differently. However, relationships across a balanced network are essential for our resiliency. This post offers tips and strategies for assessing and improving our relational sources of resilience.

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cultivating resilience in ourselves and others

Cultivating Resilience

In this post, you will find a 60-minute recorded webinar, workshop handout, effective strategies for developing resilience, an exercise to help expand your support network, plus additional resources for cultivating resilience in yourself and others.

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