Study proposes new way to increase community participation in environmental engineering

Black, Hispanic, and Native American students and faculty are largely underrepresented in environmental engineering programs in the United States.

A pathway for increasing diversity and community participation in the environmental engineering discipline is proposed in the peer-reviewed journal Environmental Engineering Science. Click here to read the article now.

As a community, environmental engineering professors must examine all aspects of academic institutions to combat systemic racism, including teaching, research, and university administration. This article presents a strategic plan for expanding the horizons of students and fostering faculty careers in a way that advances our mission."

Catherine A. Peters, PhD, Editor-in-Chief of Environmental Engineering Science and Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Princeton University

Lupita Montoya, University of Colorado Boulder, and coauthors propose exposing students to community-based participatory methods, establishing action research groups for faculty, and broadening the definition of research impact to improve tenure promotion experiences for minority faculty.

Journal reference:

Montoya, L. D., et al. (2020) Environmental Engineering for the 21st Century: Increasing Diversity and Community Participation to Achieve Environmental and Social Justice. Environmental Engineering Science.


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