African Americans, Latinxs, American Indians, and women are among the historically marginalized groups that remain persistently underrepresented in engineering careers. [link to website here]. To address this problem, many different types of stakeholders—including families, businesses, community members, K-12 teachers, researchers, and educators in informal settings such as museums—can join efforts in providing underrepresented groups with access to engineering pathways. Moreover, these stakeholders can join efforts in transforming existing structures, practices, and beliefs that have functioned to exclude particular groups from engineering. Finally, these stakeholders can join efforts in moving toward an educated citizenry that can apply design principles in their everyday lives in ways that are personally relevant to them, including as critical consumers of engineered products.

With these goals in mind, the Literacies for Engineering Access and Participation (LEAP) Conference will bring together approximately 50 leading researchers and practitioners whose work addresses engineering, engineering education, literacy education, and equity in formal or informal settings. At the conference, participants will review the state of the field on literacy and equity in engineering, and they will set an agenda for future research and practice in this field.


This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Award # 1644976. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the NSF.