January 2020 News & Events
President's Message
Lee Ann Cochran,
WEPAN President and Interim Director

In December the Presidents Team asked the WEPAN Board and Past-Presidents team to travel to Columbus, Ohio for our board meeting and a 1-day retreat focused on the future of WEPAN. Even though the weather was a bit snowy and cold, the meeting was a success!  

As we approach our 30-year anniversary we have been focusing on not only delivering to our members near term but also planning for work we need to do for the next 3 – 5 years. The WEPAN Board looks forward to engaging our membership to achieve our vision for 50/50 by 2050.
A special thanks to Dr. Mary Juhas (Associate vice president, Office of Research, The Ohio State University), Katie Musson (Office of Research, The Ohio State University) and Stephanie Morgan (Executive Director of the Air Transportation and Aerospace Campus) for hosting WEPAN. 

As WEPAN continues to advance the cultures of inclusion and diversity in engineering education and professions, I invite you to join us for our January webinar examining Changing Paradigms for Diversity . Dr. Stephen Secules, will provide a useful framework for looking at diversity issues by looking at larger systems impacting individuals while focusing action and attention on the local settings we have influence on.

Lee Ann 
WEPAN Institutional Champion Member Highlight
University of Dayton
WEPAN member since 2006
WEPAN would like to thank and recognize the University of Dayton for being an Institutional Champion Member.  Read full article highlighting UD's recent efforts here.
Institutional membership enables us to work together to build inclusive engineering cultures and prepare the diverse workforce of the future.
WEPAN Awards will be presented at the Third Annual CoNECD Conference on April 20, 2020 in Arlington, VA.  

Nominations for the 2020 WEPAN Awards will close January 20, 2020
5:00 PM ET.

WEPAN Webinars: Changing Paradigms for Diversity
In The News...
by Linda Katehi, PhD
Past-President, WEPAN

When I started teaching in my role as an Assistant Professor, a female electrical engineer in my late twenties, right out of graduate school, I had a hard time reminding my undergraduate students that I was their professor and not their friend, and they should address me as Professor Katehi and not Linda. At that time, I believed it was my age that contributed to calling me by my first name and I hoped that things will improve with time.

As the decades went by and I moved from my twenties to thirties to forties and fifties, my age did not change the undergraduate student attitude. In fact, it got worse in the past ten years. In my early sixties, in an age I could easily be the grandmother of any of my undergraduate students at UC Davis, I still had students who addressed me with my first name and who wrote emails to me that were outrageously disrespectful.

Over my four decades of teaching I came to believe that age had nothing to do with what I considered to be indignant treatment. I became convinced that this informality imposed on me did not serve in helping me or the students improve our university’s learning environment. It only served as a reminder of the unconscious gender and cultural biases our students are struggling with in today’s environment.

I read the opinion in New York Times and I found it very important and relevant to my experiences. I would suggest it as important reading. 

New York Times, Opinion article, " U Can't Talk to UR Professor Like this. "
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