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Diversity and Inclusion Fellows Program Launches to Crowdsource Ideas That Improve Campus Inclusivity

According to the 2012 Georgia Tech Climate Assessment Survey, some faculty, staff, and students expressed feelings of marginalization based on gender, race, and ethnicity. In response to these findings, a Strategic Plan Advisory Group (SPAG) proposal was submitted in 2016 to launch the Diversity and Inclusion Fellows Program in an effort to accelerate cultural transformation.

With support from Institute Diversity, the Diversity and Inclusion Fellows Program brings together faculty, staff, and students who individually and collectively advance their action, research, or teaching objectives while improving inclusivity on campus.

“This program is a bottom-up initiative, tapping into the creativity and diversity of thought among our campus community to crowdsource ideas that create long-term culture change,” said Beril Toktay, ADVANCE Professor in the Scheller College of Business, Brady Family Chair and faculty director of the Ray C. Anderson Center for Sustainable Business, and co-director of the Diversity and Inclusion Fellows Program.

The goals of the program are to cultivate a network of ambassadors who will advance a culture of inclusive excellence and to create an environment where people feel safe, comfortable, and empowered to discuss diversity and inclusion at Georgia Tech.

Following an application period last fall, 21 faculty, staff, and students were selected as fellows based on their submitted proposals, which were scored on their inventiveness and likelihood to change the campus culture. The fellows were then grouped into three teams. Each team has a leader or co-leaders, and teams are expected to meet at least six times per year.
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Women of Robotics

Although she’s only in her mid-forties, Ayanna Howard is the nation’s most senior African-American female roboticist in higher education. It’s another example of the lack of females in the field.

“It always surprises me,” said Howard, the Linda J. and Mark C. Smith Chair Professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. “The medical and biomedical fields are just as technical as robotics, but they don’t have as major of a gender gap.”

The good news? While nationwide numbers for robotics aren’t available, the number of females getting undergraduate degrees in computer science is increasing. It was nearly 14 percent in 2009. It’s up to almost 16 percent as of 2015. This past fall, 23 percent of Georgia Tech’s computer science students were female.

Does diversity in robotics truly matter? Howard and fellow females are quick to say yes.

“If robots are truly being built so everyone can use them, how can roboticists figure out what’s needed for half the population if women aren’t represented very well in the design process?” Howard asked. “Our field must be reflective of the consumer market.”

In a world dominated by men, here are 10 Georgia Tech women changing the field of robotics.
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12th Annual Latin American Film Festival (presented by Spanish Speaking Organization)

Friday, April 14, 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
GeorgiaTech Student Center Theater

6:00 p.m.: "Sin Nombre". “A 2009 Mexican-American adventure thriller film written and directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, about a Honduran girl trying to immigrate to the U.S.A., and a boy caught up in the violence of gang life who also needs to escape.”

8:00 p.m.: "Pulling Strings". "A 2013 bilingual and Mexican romantic comedy film directed by Pitipol Ybarra. It’s about a single father and struggling Mariachi singer who falls for a U.S. Embassy employee while seeking for a visa for his daughter.” 

More info: English subtitles. Free admission, free popcorn, and drinks! Free empanadas, taquitos, quesadillas, and chips from El Azteca Restaurant! No need to RSVP.

Co-sponsored by Office of International Education and Office of Hispanic Initiatives.

OMED Academic Support
Click here for the OMED Spring 2017 tutoring schedule. Hours extended to midnight on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of finals week. Email questions to Jarrad Reddick, Assistant Director - Academic Support Initiatives at
Summer Paid Positions in OIE: Welcome Week Assistants and Orientation Coordinator
Apply By April 14 (4:00 p.m.)

OIE needs your help welcoming their new international students to campus for the upcoming Fall 2017 semester. Apply to be the Orientation Coordinator or a Check-In Assistant during the summer to assist them in welcoming over 1,500 new students to campus.
They are seeking applications from all types of students: graduate, undergraduate, international, and domestic. All Georgia Tech students are welcome to apply. Take advantage of this leadership opportunity to assist new international students as they arrive at Tech!

Please visit our website at for specific job descriptions and how to apply. Please email Chase Harvey if you have any questions.
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Princeton Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Summer Research Experience
Apply By April 15

The Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Summer Research Experience (MAE SRE) provides the opportunity for non-Princeton undergraduates to explore research opportunities and gain experience that is not part of their regular undergraduate curriculum. Students work with MAE faculty on a project of mutual interest and gain exposure to the different types of research being pursued in the department. The program is open to non-Princeton undergraduates who have completed their sophomore or junior year. The program is targeted towards members of groups in the United States who have traditionally been underrepresented in engineering and applied sciences, including women. We seek such students who wish to pursue the higher education and research necessary to prepare themselves for study in engineering and the applied sciences. Our goal is to provide a research experience for potential young scientists to make very strong applications to the best graduate schools.
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From Learning, Analytics, and Materials to Entrepreneurship and Leadership Doctoral Traineeship Program
Apply By May 1

Are you interested in becoming the data scientist of tomorrow? Would you jump at developing new technologies that could move society forward?
FLAMEL was designed to attract students from disparate educational backgrounds such as computer science, computational science, mathematics, engineering, and the physical sciences. No background in materials is required to apply, nor is computing expertise beyond introductory computer programming classes. Women and minority students are especially encouraged to apply.

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 John Deere Engineering Development Program - Electrical Engineering (Full Time)
John Deere is hiring for the 2017 full-time engineering development program where you will do three rotations through different areas of Product engineering which could include rotations where you develop skills in the following areas:
  •  Specifies designs, develops, tests, and documents major electrical, electromechanical, electrohydraulic functions/subsystems for agricultural equipment projects.
  •  Produces and evaluates possible design solutions to improve cost, quality, and performance based on specialized knowledge of engineering applications together with possible involvement of other functional engineers, supply management, and/or supplier personnel.
  • Executes test or analysis plan for product verification and validation.
Email resume to Ceená Beall.
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The mission of the Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion is to provide programmatic and thought leadership, expertise, and advocacy to continue to promote the Institute's diverse student initiatives, programs, and efforts that facilitate our collective goal of student diversity and inclusion.

Please contact Institute Diversity Corporate Relations Manager Atira Rochester at to submit announcements for the CSDI Current.
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