Anti-Racist Practice in Engineering

IEC Workshop


Anti-Racist Practice in Engineering: Exploring, Learning & Solutions (ARPELS)

The IEC recognizes that personal and institutional biases and inequitable practices affect underrepresented minorities, including faculty and students in Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE).

The IEC's Anti-Racism Practice in Engineering Workshop Series is intended to nurture an understanding of these patterns and frameworks with the following overarching goals:

  • Building capacity in understanding and embracing antiracist methods

  • Inspiring self-reflection and organizational review around equity and inclusion

  • Launching transformational change at both the individual and systems levels


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Anti-Racist Practice in Engineering Workshop
February 24, 2023

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Session Overview:

Do we really need to be anti-racist in engineering?

Many of us in engineering don’t believe we, as individuals, nor are our classroom topics racist, so why do we need to worry about anti-racism? But as an electrical engineer I ask you, if your system is so noisy that the signal is hard to detect, doesn’t it sometimes behoove you to not only boost the signal, but also to reduce the noise? Let’s have a discussion about the system, the noise, and the desired signals.


Karan Watson, Ph.D., P.E.

Provost Emeritus
Regents Senior Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Texas A&M University


ARPELS Workshop Series 1: Principles of Anti-Racism
February 9 and 11, 2021

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The first workshop reviews anti-racism principles, promotes the sharing of experiences, provides an opportunity for self-reflection and the identification of action steps.

  • What does anti-racism mean?

  • How is it relevant to my work?

  • What can I do to promote equity?

  • What can be done in my unit?


ARPELS Workshop Series 2: Forging Equitable Partnerships
April 21 and 23, 2021

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The second workshop focuses on forging equitable partnerships, especially between IEC member programs and Predominantly White Institutions (PWIs). The following topics are discussed: 

  • What does an equitable partnership look like?

  • How do you go about establishing it?

  • What are the important dimensions?

  • How can we advance success across the board for both parties?



ARPELS Workshop Series 3: Anti-Racist Practice in Engineering Panel
May 18 and 20, 2021

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The third workshop features a panel of administrators and leaders that discuss changes during their tenure and identify impacts, barriers, and transformations. 

The panelists give their insights on the following questions during their tenure:

  • What has been transformational?

  • What are the biggest barriers?

  • What has had a large impact?

  • What are the biggest challenges faced now and previously?

  • What are the outcomes?


Delia Saenz

 Chief Diversity Officer for the College of
Liberal Arts & Sciences
Arizona State University


Stephanie Adams

Dean, Jonsson School of Engineering & Computer Science
The University of Texas at Dallas


Karen Butler-Purry

Associate Provost for Graduate and Professional Studies
Texas A&M Univeresity 


Christine Grant

Program Director
National Science Foundation


Mark Smith

Dean, Graduate School
Senior Vice Provost, Academic Affairs
The University of Texas at Austin


Renetta Garrison Tull

Vice Chancellor of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
University of California, Davis








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