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Increasing Diversity and Community Participation in Environmental Engineering

Increasing Diversity and Community Participation in Environmental Engineering

Editors and scientists propose a pathway for increasing diversity and community participation in the environmental engineering discipline

Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.

NEW ROCHELLE, NY — November 19, 2020 — Black, Hispanic, and Native American students and faculty are largely underrepresented in environmental engineering programs in the United States. A pathway for increasing diversity and community participation in the environmental engineering discipline is proposed in the peer-reviewed journal Environmental Engineering Science.

"As a community, environmental engineering professors must examine all aspects of academic institutions to combat systemic racism, including teaching, research, and university administration. This article presents a strategic plan for expanding the horizons of students and fostering faculty careers in a way that advances our mission," says Catherine A. Peters, PhD, editor-in-chief of Environmental Engineering Science and professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Princeton University.

Lupita Montoya, University of Colorado Boulder, and coauthors propose exposing students to community-based participatory methods, establishing action research groups for faculty, and broadening the definition of research impact to improve tenure promotion experiences for minority faculty.

- This press release was originally published on the Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. Publishers website