Addressing National Issues
Research indicates that diversity related experiences actually benefit student critical thinking skills as well as improve retention rates and prepares them for global citizenship. Students engaged in the Ethnic Inclusion Effort in The University of Iowa College of Engineering have an opportunity to demand the benefits of the competitive advantage of having had an educational experience that develops cultural competencies, stretches critical thinking, embraces an embedded cultural experience to develop the skills to work anywhere in the world. What we know is the market is demanding skills, industry is creating standards, academia has accreditation requirements and the demographic shifts in the world are demanding better preparation. Ethnic Inclusion graduates will be leaders in their professions equipped to translate technology into meeting the human needs of the communities they will be living and working in.