Following a framing of the process and outcomes of building community, learn about practices that have been used effectively by diverse groups to foster a sense of belonging.
Delivery Method: On Demand
Duration: 1 hour
ASEE Members: Free
Psychological and organizational sciences define a group as two or more persons who share a common goal, interact with regular frequency, evince interdependence, and experience a sense of belonging/community. Groups that foster a sense of community accrue benefits in terms of member well-being and enhanced group productivity. Thus, it behooves STEM organizations (e.g., departments, colleges, professional societies) to build and sustain community. The alternative—a collective of individuals with different social identities, task foci, and roles, who do not intentionally address belonging—negates the potential synergy that can be cultivated. Following a brief framing of the process and outcomes of building community, this session will comprise a discussion of practices that have been used effectively by diverse groups to foster a sense of belonging. Special attention will be paid to pandemic-related and current challenges.
The speaker for this webinar is Delia Saenz (University of California, Merced).
This webinar is part of a larger series on building community and reflecting to re-envision in engineering education. This material is based on work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. EEC-1733004.