Ohio State University Engineering Chair Lamented How Her Department is Mostly White and Male

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Per the College Fix, an Ohio State University department chair lamented how her engineering department is mostly white and male:

Dr. Monica Cox, the female, black chair of the Department of Engineering Education at Ohio State University, recently told the campus community that her relationship with her colleagues is adversely impacted simply because they’re mostly white and male.

“You are different. You are an outlier and it’s real,” Cox told The Lantern campus newspaper. “I do feel that because this is the nature of the profession. It’s very male. It’s very white.”


5 Responses

  1. a d white

    September 21, 2017 9:01 am

    Not a problem, professor, unless everyone has tenure. Dismiss those who don’t have tenure and hire more engineers like you to replace them. It’s what white male department heads would do if in your position.

  2. Duke Lipensky

    September 21, 2017 10:38 am

    I have 4 engineer scientific types in my family. They had very hard courses. 2 have master degrees.
    No screwing around, no marching for safe spaces, no mini hurts, no destroying school property.
    Today’s student may feel that this would be too stifling of a school experience if so, they should continue to take their women’s studies and psychology 101a b, c.
    She should make the rounds of the high schools and do some recruiting. As you well know, engineering is a precise science. The numbers either add up or not. No points for being a minority.

  3. John Sperratore

    September 21, 2017 9:50 pm

    Monica, Hopefully the author simply failed to publish everything you said except for the inciteful comments. Hopefully you said we live in a changing world filled with opportunity, where I, as a female can become Chair of the Engineering Education Department of a leading University, leading the way for others to follow. Hopefully you weren’t alluding that the profession is white and male and women don’t stand a chance. I hope you are well!

  4. Lydia Fleming Rowland

    September 23, 2017 7:38 am

    Thank you for speaking so candidly and sharing your experience, Monica. While I am not in the education business, I am in Human Resources and I know how important human relationships are key to a successful career and to the strength of any team. I also know that people do not leave their biases at the door when they enter the workplace. Understanding that not everyone in the world will share the same view and perspective, but that those views are as valid as any other, is paramount to creating teams that are effective.

    I have experienced co-workers who have attempted to silence, delegitimize, or reframe my thoughts. I’ve wondered if the person believes I am unable to assess the situation, formulate and then articulate my thoughts clearly. I’ve had senior managers who refused my contributions, only to accept the same contribution from another team member.

    It is a problem that is I’ve heard again and again throughout my career in organizations of 30 employees to 180,000+.

    The workplace is growing more diverse with each passing day. True equality at all levels is possible, but we must speak out about it, and we must be heard.

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