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SEFI Ethics SIG Seminar: "Justice and community engagement in engineering education".

Wednesday, 9 September '20   2pm – 4pm CEST


Please note that this is a public SEFI event, not an EPFL workshop, therefore registrations are open to all interested parties
The seminar will start at 5PM CET / 4PM GMT/ 2PM Brazil / 11AM EST /8 AM California.

Recent years have witnessed increasing calls for engineers to address the inequality and injustice which is both a part and an outcome of current models of technological design and engineering practice.

What was the first a movement towards social justice initiated during the Vietnam War era when engineers founded the Committee for Social Responsibility in Engineering, it is now a topic whose importance is rapidly expanding in the conscience of educators.
The responsibility to prepare a new generation of engineers that would strive for change and be ready to work towards societal goals in a manner that promotes equality and fairness lies with universities.
Our seminar brings four experts from the US, the UK and Brazil to explore ways in which justice and community engagement can be incorporated into the education of engineers, while also reflecting on the implications and limitations of such an approach.

The seminar is organised by the European Society for Engineering Education (SEFI) Ethics Special Interest Group

Participants include:
Khalid Kadir (UC Berkeley, the US) Ethics Is Not Enough: Justice as the Ends and Means of Engineering Education
Patricia Xavier, Gabrielle Orbaek White, Nathalie Al-Kakoun (Swansea University, the UK) Finding spaces for humility and different perspectives in engineering community engagement
Jason Borenstein (Georgia Institute of Technology, the US) Community Engagement and Undergraduate Social Responsibility Attitudes
Cristiano Cordeiro Cruz (Aeronautics Technological Institute, Brazil) Supporting community emancipation and learning how to practice “another possible” engineering: the Brazilian Grassroots Engineering case

For further information on the European Society for Engineering Education (SEFI) Ethics Special Interest Group:

If you have any questions about the event, please contact the organisers Diana Martin from TUE or


The seminar will involve short (~15 minute) presentations followed by opportunities for questions, discussion and sharing.

The seminar will be held online. You must register to obtain the link, and the registration is free of charge for everyone

You will receive a confirmation of registration by email, containing information on how to join the event hosted on Zoom. If you haven’t received this message, please also check your spam folder.


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