Maria Klawe-Promoting Gender Diversity and Inclusion in STEM Education at Harvey Mudd College
| Case Code: HROB249
Case Length: 11 Pages
Pub Date: 2023
Teaching Note: Available
| Price: Rs.300
Organization: Harvey Mudd College
Countries: United Kingdom
Themes: Gender and Diversity Management, Leadership and Change Management, Women in Leadership,Gender and Leadership
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HMC had its origins in December 1955 when the college was chartered with the help of Harvey Seeley Mudd (Mudd), a mining engineer. Mudd was also the founder of Cyprus Mines Corp., and the Chairman of the Board of Fellows of Claremont College. HMC started its courses in September 1957 with 48 students and 7 teaching staff. The first President of the college was Joseph B. Platt, a nuclear physicist who joined in 1956 and served till 1976. The second President was D. Kenneth Baker, who joined in 1976 and served till 1988, and the third president was Henry E. Riggs, who joined in 1988 and served till 1997. The next President was Jon C. Strauss, who joined in 1997 and served till 2006. In 2006, Klawe joined as the fifth President – the first woman to hold the post at the college..
Stem Education and Women
The low representation of women in STEM education was a well-recognized problem across the world. There was a traditional notion that women and men had different roles to play in society. Women were expected to stay at home and look after the family and that created the perception that women were less interested in objects and abstracts and more interested in people and were, therefore, better suited for jobs that were people oriented..
Toward Gender Diversity And Inclusion at HMC
When Klawe joined HMC in 2006, she had put forth a proposition that if the college created a supportive environment that fostered a sense of confidence in the people belonging to underrepresented segments, the students belonging to diverse groups would patronize the college and succeed in their endeavors..
The Harvey Effect
The gender mix of students at HMC led many students to opt for the courses in STEM that were offered at the college. Due to the presence of a large number of female students at HMC, the pressure to perform was less than in colleges with a large proportion of male students..
Women in Stem: The Road Ahead
Klawe opined that computer science had to be taught at the secondary school level as a lot of the students who enrolled for college had had very little exposure to the subject. Another area of concern was that there was a shortage of quality computer science teachers at the school level and most of them lacked the resources to offer computer science courses..
Exhibit I: Students Gender-Wise Percentage in Harvey Mudd College from 2005 to 2021.
Exhibit II: Student Diversity Profile in Harvey Mudd College from 2010 to 2021
Exhibit III: Faculty Gender and ABLN Percentage in Harvey Mudd College from 2019 to 2021
Exhibit IV: Percentage of Women Awarded Degree in Computer Science in the US from 1970 to 2019
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