Session: How to Intentionally Engineer Inclusion™ and Belonging
Belonging and being valued are fundamental human needs. Each of us can facilitate structural belonging for those around us, which is imperative to create cultures, schools, teams, and organizations that drive equitable outcomes for historically marginalized and minoritized people. To Intentionally Engineer Inclusion™ and belonging, we can learn and employ practical strategies that enhance performance, collaboration, attendance, reduce turnover and cultivate every employee’s well-being and success. This talk examines a four-part, iterative, reflective, and reflexive framework for developing into an inclusive leader.
- Inclusive leadership enhances performance, collaboration, attendance, and reduces turnover, and facilitates environments where people feel valued, affirmed, and that they belong.
- Inclusive leaders are imperative for creating cultures, schools, teams, and organizations that drive equitable outcomes for historically marginalized and minoritized people.
- We can assess and adapt our leadership practices to become more inclusive leaders
Dr. Meagan Pollock began her career playing with light projection on tiny microscopic mirrors as an engineer for Texas Instruments. Through her company, Engineer Inclusion, she now utilizes metaphorical projectors and mirrors to shine a light on micro and macro social systems that, when adjusted, improve student and employee success in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. A TEDx speaker, author, and a past recipient of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, Meagan holds a PhD in engineering education from Purdue University, an MS in electrical engineering from Texas Tech University, and a BS in computer science from Texas Woman’s University. As an engineer turned educator, Meagan focuses on helping others intentionally engineer inclusion™ in education and the workforce.