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Dear Engineering Educators, Champions of Diversity, and Changemakers,

We extend our warmest invitation to you to join us at the 50K Coalition Regional Hub in-person Convenings, an extraordinary endeavor to transform engineering education and increase representation for underrepresented groups. As we embark on this journey, we invite you to participate in a movement that will shape the future of inclusive engineering. The 50K Coalition will conduct regional hub discussions at the following locations.

where and when

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Maryland Regional Hub Convening

Date:     November 15, 2023
TIME:     9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Eastern
Venue: The Universities at Shady Grove (USG) campus

Chicago Regional Hub Convening:

Date:    December 1, 2023
TIME:    9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Central
Venue: Moraine Valley College

Seats are limited! Don’t miss this opportunity to be a catalyst for change in engineering education. Secure your spot now and be a part of this transformational journey.

Why You Should Attend

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Why You Should AttendThe Regional Hub Convenings will be the epicenter of groundbreaking discussions, innovative strategies, and meaningful collaborations. By attending, you will:

Empower Underrepresented Students

Your presence will contribute to developing clear pathways and robust support structures for underrepresented students, ensuring their success in engineering programs at four-year institutions.

Strengthen Collaboration

Engage in dialogue with experts and educators to improve communication and collaboration between community colleges and four-year institutions. Together, we will align coursework and provide the support our students need to thrive.

Expand Your Impact

By joining us at the Regional Hubs, you will be part of a growing community committed to fostering diversity in engineering education. We will scale best practices and expand partnerships to reach more students and institutions.

Shape the Future of Engineering Education

The convenings will be platforms for sharing best practices, addressing challenges, and developing actionable strategies. Be at the forefront of change as we pilot and scale initiatives to revolutionize engineering education.

Build Sustainable Solutions:

The 50K will use the outcomes of the convening conversations as a foundation to create sustainable infrastructure and governance models for the Regional Hubs, ensuring their continued success and lasting impact beyond the grant period.

Hub Convening Event Highlights

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Expect an enriching experience filled with the following:

Engaging Keynote Addresses

Inspirational thought leaders will share insights and experiences, igniting your passion for inclusive engineering education.

Interactive Panel Discussions

Engage with experts, educators, and industry leaders as they discuss challenges, solutions, and pathways for underrepresented students.

World Café Conversations

Collaborate, brainstorm, and co-create actionable strategies during our interactive World Café sessions.

Best Practice Showcases

Discover successful initiatives from institutions that have made a real impact on engineering education.

Networking Opportunities

Connect with peers, build lasting relationships, and create a network of changemakers committed to diversity and inclusion in engineering.

Enhance Your Hub Experience with Expert Insights

As we gear up for the Chicago and Maryland Hub convenings, we invite you to delve deeper into the critical topics we’ll discuss. To enrich your understanding and prepare for productive conversations at the Hub, we’ve curated insightful video presentations by subject matter experts. These videos shed light on critical issues, enabling you to come to the convenings with valuable insights and innovative ideas. Explore the videos by clicking on this Link, and let’s collectively build a better pathway to success for underrepresented individuals in engineering.

Together, let’s forge an inclusive future for engineering education! Sincerely, The 50K Coalition Regional Hub Planning Team


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The 50K Coalition Regional Hub Convenings are dynamic gatherings that foster diversity and inclusion in engineering education. These events aim to bring educators, advocates, and changemakers together to address critical issues and develop strategies for increasing underrepresented students’ participation in engineering programs.

The convenings welcome a diverse audience, including but not limited to faculty, administrators, industry professionals, researchers, elected officials, and advocates passionate about creating equitable pathways for underrepresented students in engineering.

The Regional Hub Convenings will build upon the outcomes of the 50K Coalition’s May 2021 Community College Linkages Action Network Group’s National Forum. They aim to focus on critical areas such as articulation agreements, coursework design, communication, partnership building, and addressing the marginalization of community college students.

Attendees can expect engaging keynote addresses from subject matter experts, interactive panel discussions, World Café conversations for collaborative idea sharing, best practice showcases, and ample networking opportunities with like-minded individuals and institutions.

The Regional Hub Demonstration Projects aim to increase the number of underrepresented students in engineering programs at four-year institutions, improve collaboration between community colleges and four-year institutions, scale the number of partner institutions in each Regional Hub, pilot and scale best practices, and develop sustainable infrastructure and governance models for the Hubs.

To register for the Maryland Regional Hub Convening on November 15, 2023, visit. For the Chicago Regional Hub Convening on December 1, 2023, visit. Please note that seats are limited, so early registration is recommended.

No, registration for the Regional Hub Convenings is free of charge. However, we encourage participants to register early to secure their spots, as seats are limited.

The Regional Hub Convenings are planned as in-person events.

The health and safety of our participants are of utmost importance. We will adhere to local and national health guidelines, implement necessary safety protocols, and take all precautions to create a safe and comfortable environment for attendees.

You can stay updated by following us on Twitter Instagram Youtube and visiting the 50K Coalition website regularly. Additionally, registered participants will receive regular email updates leading up to the event.

If you have any questions
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Yes! We welcome contributions from individuals and institutions interested in submitting their successful initiatives during the best practice showcases. Please indicate your interest during registration, and our team will contact you.

Yes, the 50K Coalition understands the importance of ensuring diverse representation at the Regional Hub Convenings. As part of our commitment to fostering inclusivity, a limited number of travel stipends will be available for out-of-town guests who need financial assistance to attend the event. These stipends will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

To apply for a travel stipend, please indicate your interest during the registration process and complete the necessary application form. The application will include details about your travel plans and an explanation of your financial need. Our team will carefully review all applications and allocate stipends based on availability and alignment with the event’s objectives.

Please note that the number of travel stipends is limited, so we encourage you to register early and apply for the stipend as soon as possible. We will notify selected applicants in advance, allowing them ample time to make travel arrangements.

If you have any additional questions or need further information, don’t hesitate to contact us. We look forward to welcoming you to the 50K Coalition Regional Hub Convenings and collectively shaping the future of engineering education!

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