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Inclusion and Equity

Diversity typically refers to variation or differences between group members (e.g., a profession, company, or team) in terms of more apparent characteristics (e.g., gender, race, and age) and sometimes less apparent characteristics (e.g., culture, thought, and expertise). Thus, diversity may be achieved when membership represents a variety of people. However, efforts to assess or attain the benefits of diversity have further revealed the importance of inclusion—diverse people and their perspectives must be actively recognized, welcomed, and respected. Finally, from roots in moral and political philosophy, social justice refers to the purposeful implementation of structural changes to attain more equitable societies and institutions. Beyond simply valuing equality, social justice seeks to dismantle systems that create injustice while simultaneously building systems that enable authentic diversity and inclusion.

— adapted from the Preface of Advancing Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice Through Human Systems Engineering (CRC Press).


@ Arizona State University


The ASU Committee for Campus Inclusion (CCI) is an award-winning, multi-campus organization that advises the provost, promotes a positive and harmonious campus environment, celebrates individual and group diversity, promotes individualism, provides information to the campus community, and resolves issues in such a manner as to respect all persons and their dignity. Dr. Roscoe serves as a Co-Chair for the Polytechnic Campus CCI and an Executive Board member for the university CCI.


The Diversity and Inclusion Initiative of the Fulton Schools of Engineering (DII@FSE) focuses on diversity and inclusion as core values to the Fulton Schools and ASU and as exemplified in the university charter. This task force researches and enacts strategies and practices that support environments where individuals feel included, valued, and respected, and where different kinds of people can succeed. Our proposal to the American Society for Engineering Education’s (ASEE) Diversity Recognition Program was awarded bronze status (the highest entry status a university can be awarded). Dr. Roscoe has been a member of this task force since it’s creation in 2019.

DII@FSE goals include:

 

  • creating and maintaining a student body and workforce across the Fulton Schools that is diverse in multiple dimensions and inclusive for all
  • empowering faculty, staff, students and academic associates at the Fulton Schools to embrace the core values and practice of diversity, equity and inclusion
  • being a global leader in diversity, equity and inclusion in engineering

@ Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

Dr. Roscoe is the current chair for the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) Societal Impact Committee and a member of the HFES Diversity and Inclusion Committee, which collectively serve multiple goals (e.g., Goals E and F) of the HFES Strategic Plan.

In recent years, these committees have promoted several fruitful panel discussions and sessions at HFES annual meetings. We have also produced an edited volume on inclusion and social justice from an HF/E perspective. Finally, HFES has launched a Listening and Acting webinar series on issues of inclusion and equity.

 

  • Das, S., Gutzwiller, R. S., Roscoe, R. D., Rajivan, P., Wang, Camp, L. J., & Hoyle, R. (upcoming). Humans and technology for inclusive privacy and security. To appear in Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 2020 Annual Meeting (pp. xxx-xxx). HFES.
  • Gomes, K. M., Nguyen, T., Stonewall, J., Davis, K., Coppolo, S., Hallett, K, & Williams, R. M. (upcoming). Inclusion and accessibility in the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. To appear in Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 2020 Annual Meeting (pp. xxx-xxx). HFES.
  • Wooldridge, A. R., Roscoe, R. D., Roberts, S. C., & Valdez, R. (upcoming). Designing for diversity: Implications for research and practice. To appear in Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 2020 Annual Meeting (pp. xxx-xxx). HFES.
  • Wooldridge, A. R., Benda, N., Smith-Jackson, T. L., Nguyen, T., Gomes, K., Valdez, R., … & Stonewall, J. (2019, November). HFE in diversity, inclusion and social justice: A practical primer. Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting, 63(1), 636-639. Seattle, WA: HFES.
  • Wooldridge. A. R., Nguyen, T., Valdez, R., Montague, E., Milner, M. N., Dorneich, M. C., & Roscoe, R. D. (2018, October). Human factors and ergonomics in diversity, inclusion, and social justice research. Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 2018 Annual Meeting, 62(1), 447-449. Philadelphia, PA: HFES.
  • Chiou, E. K., Wooldridge. A. R., Price, M., Mosqueda, E., & Roscoe, R. D. (2017, October). The HFES Diversity Committee: Challenges and opportunities for involvement. Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 2017 Annual Meeting, 61(1), 498-500. Austin, TX: HFES.

Recent Highlights

On June 17th, 2020, Dr. Roscoe (presenter #2) participated in an HFES webinar on “HFES Equality, Diversity & Inclusion.” A recording of the webinar has been made freely available.


Our project was approved for the DII@FSE Seed Funding program! The project, “ASU-ACCEL: Partnering engineering teams and special needs families for transformative experiential learning,” will engage ASU engineering students in designing assistive tools for and with families of special needs kids. The team includes Dr. Jennifer Blain Christen, Matt Levac, and Dr. Roscoe.


Roscoe, R. D., Chiou, E. K., & Wooldridge, A. R. (Eds.) (2019). Advancing diversity, inclusion, and social justice through human systems engineering. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.