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Workshop Focuses on Expanding Diversity

The three are standing in front of student posters at the 04 Annual Meeting in the hotel

MCEER Diversity Director Makola Abdullah with students Terri Norton and Marlon Hill.

Under the leadership of new Diversity Director Makola Abdullah, MCEER held its first Diversity Workshop in Washington, D.C. on April 9, 2004. Attended by a small group, including MCEER Director Michel Bruneau, Industry Advisory Board Vice-Chairman Ellis Stanley, Jr., NSF Associate Executive Director for the Division on Earth and Life Studies Bill Anderson, NEIC Geophysicist and Spokesperson Waverly Pearson, Professor Rupa Purasinghe of California State University and Ph.D. Student Terri Norton of Florida A&M University, the workshop provided a forum to discuss the best ways to increase diversity at MCEER. Ideas include:

In addition, the group agreed to focus on several tasks aimed at increasing diversity. These include gathering and understanding the current diversity challenges among undergraduate and graduate students and faculty through current statistics; establishing a baseline for success for diversity programs; increasing diverse participation in MCEER graduate programs through REU programs and LSAMP (affiliated Fellowships); increasing diverse faculty at MCEER institutions through visiting faculty fellowships; and establishing a database of minority faculty in earthquake engineering and related fields.

The Bulletin is a free publication offering articles on Center research, cooperative ventures, reports from conferences, educational activities, upcoming events, and reviews of new MCEER publications Fall/Winter 2004

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