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UCL Engineering's Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Newsletter
Welcome to the June EDI Newsletter!

In this issue:
Questions, comments, or concerns?
Feel free to reach out: j.novales@ucl.ac.uk or v.diaz@ucl.ac.uk.
From the Vice Dean's office
Hello everyone,

We hope that you've been enjoying the sunshine and that you're all going to get a chance for a real, restorative break sometime soon this summer.

We have several powerful EDI-related events in the Faculty coming up -- details below. We also highlight some happenings around the Faculty and around college generally, including some exciting news about funding to work on the BAME awarding gap.

We're keeping these newsletters a bit shorter in response to feedback -- we know everyone gets way too many emails these days, so thank you for taking the time to look through this one!
UCL Engineering BAME Awarding Gap Project Awarded Funding
A team from the Faculty, led by Dr. Darren Nesbeth and including Prof. Vanessa Diaz, Prof. John Mitchell, and Dr. Michael Sulu, has been awarded funds from college to work on the BAMEHack project, an intervention aimed at the elimination of awarding gaps between UK domiciled BAME and White undergraduate students. If you are interested, please get in touch!
Race at the intersection - race and class panel on 9 June
We're continuing with Race at the Intersection, the new series of discussion panels created by UCL Engineering's Chika Nweke and Mike Sulu. This series hopes to introduce our audience to how the impact of gender, sexual orientation, disability and socioeconomic background is magnified when one identifies as a Black and Ethnic minority individual.

We are fortunate to be joined by guest speakers from an array of cultural backgrounds who identify with one or more of the protected characteristics to hear their experiences on how their education and career in Engineering has been shaped. 

The next session, on class and race, takes place on 9 June, 12-1pm, with chairs Chika Nweke and Mike Sulu and speakers Tania Chilima and John Mitchell.

Register to receive the Zoom link for this event.

Missed previous sessions? Check out the recordings:
Disability (including neurodiversity) and race (passcode: UIvRdx%7 )
Gender and race - (passcode: aqei%o1e )
LGBTQ+ and race - (passcode: ux=*H3J# )
EDI Brown Bag series continues 23 June!
Our EDI Brown Bag seminar series continued in April with another great talk from UCL Engineering School of Management -- thank you to Clarissa Cortland for her engaging talk.

We continue on 23 June, 13:00-14:00, with Joshua Becker (UCL Engineering School of Management), whose talk is entitled: Think Different: The Role of Informational Diversity and Model Diversity in Group Performance:

Joshua says: "I am both a practitioner (mediator, facilitator) and researcher, and I examine how process and structure impact group decisions. This talk will focus the accuracy of numeric estimates such as financial forecasts and job candidate evaluations. Research on "collective intelligence" argues that diversity in both informational sources and cognitive perspectives impact group performance. Using computational models and lab experiments, I find that social influence generally increases similarity (decreasing apparent diversity) but doesn't always harm the accuracy of the group as a whole. Factors such as network structure, communication format, and task structure determine whether group interaction is helpful or harmful. I will conclude with practical recommendations drawing from my research and practice."

Joshua Becker is an Assistant Professor in the School of Management. Joshua received their PhD in Communication from the University of Pennsylvania after working professionally in communication and decision-making. Their research on collective intelligence has been published in Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, PLos One, and Harvard Business Review online.

Bring your lunch (to your desk) and find out more! Register to receive the Zoom link to attend this webinar.

Missed previous sessions? Watch the recordings:

Clarissa Cortland - Leveraging Social Identities for Change: Research Insights in How to Increase Support for Diversity (passcode: D4wg@n1v).

Felix Danbold - Defining Who We Are: The Impact of Social Categorisation on Diversity (passcode: 01W=Xg8X )
We're Here, We're Queer, We Work With Engineers: What It's Like to Be Out@UCL Engineering
Rainbow pride flags
Photo: daniel james on Unsplash
Panel discussion, 29 June, 13:00-14:00

Join us for a Pride month panel discussion with LGBTQ+ staff in UCL Engineering. We'll talk about the support and community we've found in the Faculty, our wish list for what could be better, and how important it is for us to know we're not alone here. We'd love to hear your ideas on making LGBTQ+ members of our community more visible and more supported too!

Register to receive the Zoom link to attend this panel.

 
Around the Faculty
How to be a Better Ally online training, designed by Katy Le Lion in Chemical Engineering, is now available. This training -- in video and quiz format -- aims to give participants insight into everyday actions they can take to foster a more inclusive environment.

Congratulations to Security and Crime Science and STEaPP, both of whom obtained Athena SWAN Bronze awards recently.
Around UCL
This week is Decolonising the Curriculum Week. Find out more about the many events taking place.

Gaysocs: a brief and incomplete history is a talk about UCL's first gaysoc (established in 1972) put on by the LGBTQ+ STEM @ UCL network on 17 June. Find out more and register.

Comment on UCL's draft policy on digital accessibility by 21 June.

The Disability Equality Steering Group is looking for a chair and new members. Find out more and apply by 30 June.
Have news you'd like us to share in the next edition of this newsletter? Get in touch (j.novales@ucl.ac.uk or v.diaz@ucl.ac.uk).