Call for Abstracts: Collaborative Network for Engineering and Computing Diversity (CoNECD) 2nd Annual Conference


2019 The Collaborative Network for Engineering and Computing Diversity (CoNECD)
Marriott Crystal Gateway, April 14 - 17, 2019

CoNECD is a collaborative effort of the American Society for Engineering Education’s (ASEE) Minorities in Engineering Division (MIND), and the ASEE Women in Engineering Division (WIED), NAMEPA (National Association of Multicultural Engineering Program Advocates), and WEPAN (Women in Engineering ProActive Network).

The vision of the CoNECD (pronounced, “connected”) Conference is to provide a forum for exploring current research and practices to enhance diversity and inclusion of all underrepresented groups in the engineering and computing professions. We believes that a transformation of our engineering workforce will not be the result of a singular focus. CoNECD will encompass the many diverse groups that comprise our engineering and computing workforce including groups based on gender (including gender identity and gender expression), race and ethnicity, disability, veterans, LGBTQ+, 1st generation and socioeconomic status.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Outreach, mentoring and recruitment of diverse K-12 students
  • Mentoring, innovative recruitment and retention programs, and assessment of diverse groups of undergraduate and graduate students
  • Mentoring, recruitment, retention, leadership and professional development activities for diverse faculty, administrators and professionals in the engineering/computing workforce (including work/life balance and dual-career issues, listening and negotiation, workplace climate, and innovative programs supporting diversity and inclusion)
  • Company/university programs, policies or reviews that impact particular diverse groups (e.g. Title IX, transgender policies, veteran integration into academic institutions) including, for example, military experience to academic recognition
  • Transformative research that informs the development of impactful and forward-thinking programs and policies on issues such as intersectionality of race and gender
  • Integration of social justice into curricular and co-curricular activities
  • Innovative curricular issues including inclusive pedagogies
  • Managing identity across a global landscape in K-12 outreach, recruitment, retention, and academic success strategies
  • The importance of cultural relevance and history in expanding the curriculum, pedagogy, classroom design, and worker spaces in academia and corporate settings 
  • Understanding inclusion, equity, access, and diversity in the effort to broaden participation, transform institutional leadership and promote student-centered success strategies in academia
  • Unleashing the invisible factors of human potential to innovate, explore the unknown and develop community centered solutions to address diversity, inclusion, and access in industry and academia

CoNECD aims to include both researchers seeking peer-reviewed conference papers as well as practitioners who wish to submit a presentation (e.g. Powerpoint) associated with a successful practice. 

CoNECD will present a balance of basic research and development in the diversity and inclusion space as well as presentations that focus on promising practices successfully implemented in both academic and workplace environments. Authors may submit (individual or panel) papers or presentations based on accepted abstracts.

Authors should submit an abstract of 300 words or less on their paper/presentation topic. Authors of accepted abstracts (individual or panel) must submit a full paper OR presentation for review, acceptance and publication in order to present at the conference.

Abstracts are due October 1, 2018



Cultural Relevance, Equity, and Diversity
STEM Career Opportunities and Workforce Development
Youth Motivation and Interests in STEM