Reflections from Participants

Reflections from Facilitators

For me, the best part of being a CiU!-ABR facilitator is my on-going education. While I have participated in DEI activities in the College and University for a long time, the materials that Debby Covington put together for our training gave me a much better historical picture of the treatment of Black people in the US. In particular, the video seminar from Jeffrey Robinson was amazing – I can’t wait for the wide release of his film, “Who We Are: A Chronicle Of Racism In America.”

Engineers are driven by facts, and learning historical facts that we were never taught in history class is truly eye-opening. It is also great to listen to the discussions and to hear the experiences and perspectives of my friends and colleagues in the CoE. In almost all the sessions I have done, I have learned something from members of our community. As a “senior” faculty member and straight white male, there are many places in the DEI domain where I feel I must be very careful, but at the same time I feel it important for people like me to be part of the solution. The well-structured format of the CiU!-ABR gives me a pretty safe space to be an advocate while hopefully preventing me from sticking my foot in my mouth.

Fred L. Terry Jr. Professor of EECS