Graduate Student Lunch with Professors Camacho and Lord

March 1, 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Join sociology Professor Michelle Camacho and electrical engineering Professor Susan Lord from University of San Diego for a graduate student lunch sponsored by the Understanding and Addressing STEM Inequalities Speaker Series. Please RSVP by emailing Jennifer Lutz at by 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24. All UC Merced graduate students are invited to join our visiting speakers for lunch. Professors Camacho and Lord each have broad expertise studying issues of diversity in higher education. They are among the first to study Latino/s in engineering. Their 2013 book "The Borderlands of Education: Latinas in Engineering" was hailed by reviewers as “groundbreaking work that will challenge your assumptions about women and minorities in engineering” that should be on everyone’s “must-read list.” Camacho has published books on successful academic careers for faculty and graduate students of color, as well. She earned her Ph.D. at UC Irvine and, in addition to her position as professor, she is a special assistant to the Provost for Strategic Initiatives and Innovation at the University of San Diego. She is also a former fellow of the American Council on Education at UC San Diego, 2015-2016. She served as a UC faculty fellow in ethnic studies, and as a postdoctoral fellow at the UC San Diego Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies. Her current work is funded by the National Science Foundation to examine inequities in higher education, specifically as they relate to science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Her co-authored books include "The Borderlands of Education," "Mentoring Faculty of Color" and "Beginning a Career in Academia: A Guide for Graduate Students of Color." Lord earned her Ph.D. at Stanford University. She chairs a new program, general engineering, at the University of San Diego. Her research focuses on the study and promotion of diversity in engineering including student pathways, diverse populations including Latino/as and military veterans, and cross-cultural studies with non-U.S. students. She and coauthors received the 2011 Wickenden Award for the best paper in the Journal of Engineering Education and the 2011 and 2015 Best Paper Award for the IEEE Transactions on Education. Lord is on her school's team implementing “Developing Changemaking Engineers,” an NSF-sponsored Revolutionizing Engineering Education project. The Understanding and Addressing STEM Inequalities Speaker Series is sponsored by a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Grant from the UC Merced Office of Campus Climate, with additional support from the schools of Natural Sciences and Engineering, Graduate Division, Office of Undergraduate Education, Office of the Vice Provost of Faculty, Office of Women’s Programs and the Health Sciences Research Institute.
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