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Feds Spend Over $500K to Make Engineering a Safe Space for LGBT Students

Feds Spend Over $500K to Make Engineering a Safe Space for LGBT Students

“The project will identify issues faced by LGBTQ students and professionals in engineering”

If you’re a gay student who wants to become an engineer, who’s stopping you?

The Washington Free Beacon reports:

Feds Spend $587,441 to Make Engineering a ‘Safe Zone’ for LGBTQ Students

The National Science Foundation is spending over $100,000 to create “safe zone” inclusion training so more members of the LGBTQ community become engineers.

The project, which will not start until January 2018, is a joint study being conducted by the American Society For Engineering Education, Rowan University, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The focus of the study is to find ways to combat what the researchers call a “chilly” environment for lesbian, gay, and transgender individuals in engineering labs.

Two separate grants totaling $587,441 were awarded Thursday. A grant worth $473,325 was awarded to the American Society For Engineering Education, and $114,116 was given to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

“Recent research on the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) individuals in engineering has shown that the climate can be unfriendly (or ‘chilly’) for both students and professionals,” according to the grant for the study. “This project aims to increase the inclusion of LGBTQ students and professionals in engineering.”

The study aims to “foster inclusion” and allow college faculty and professors to “become change agents.”

“The project will identify issues faced by LGBTQ students and professionals in engineering, identify and implement strategies to create more welcoming engineering environments, and disseminate those strategies so that they can be expanded to a national level,” the grant states.

The study also involves creating an online course called “SafeZone,” which can train college engineering professors how to be inclusive to gay students and other sexual minorities.

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Some instructors at my CC have rainbow stickers on their office windows boldly proclaiming that they are “safe zone trained.” I wonder if that is some sort of national training program that is being foisted on everyone.

Thankfully, that nonsense hasn’t spread to the adjunct faculty…yet. Nevertheless, I’m looking for a “real” job anyhow.

The recombination of minority carriers injected into a reverse-biased PN junction is now hostile to the GLBT community? That sounds more racist to me.

Recent research on the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) individuals in engineering has shown that the climate can be unfriendly (or ‘chilly’) for both students and professionals

Sounds like somebody can’t handle the math.

Since I can’t figure out how a C++ template alias oppresses LGBT people, I conclude that “unfriendly” really means “they don’t care who we have sex with” (and you must care, very very deeply, or you’re a bigot).

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