Engineering Research Centers Additional Quest: Creating a Culture of Inclusion


The central goal of the National Science Foundation (NSF) is to promote the progress of science while advancing the nation’s health, prosperity, and well-being. To this end, among other actions, it promotes multidisciplinary scientific research through the Engineering Research Centers (ERC). The goal of the ERC program has traditionally been to integrate engineering research and education with technological innovation to transform and improve However, the ERCs have, according to NSF expectations, the additional mission of creating a culture of inclusion in which participants can feel like one of the team without regard to race, age, or gender. To achieve this objective, ERCs must have an ad-hoc infrastructure that takes the necessary measures so that a work environment has an inclusive culture. We review the use of surveys as a mechanism to establish a baseline study in an ERC that has already been in operation for some time to diagnose the culture of inclusion and, if necessary, take the necessary corrective measures to get closer to an ideal culture of inclusion.


Jose Vicente Carrasquero
Researcher, Center for Diversity and Student Success/College of Engineering and Computing, Florida International University, Florida, United States

Andres Tremante
Director, Center for Diversity and Student Success in Engineering and Computing, Florida International University, Florida, United States


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Paper Presentation in a Themed Session


2023 Special Focus—New Agendas for Design: Principles of Scale, Practices of Inclusion


Culture of Inclusion, ERC, NSF, Gauging, Diversity, Measure, Survey, Inclusion

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