Insights from a systematic literature review on the role of professional organizations in supporting black engineering students' persistence

Jeremi S. London, Brooke Charae Coley, Julia Machele Brisbane, Natali Huggins, Karen Gilbert

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Abstract

This paper presents highlights from the first of a three-year NSF-funded project with three aims: 1) advance our understanding of the experiences of successful Black engineering graduates and the outcomes of engagement with identity-related professional organizations; 2) identify mechanisms that support student success via engagement in these organizations; and 3) produce a video series entitled, 'The Wisdom Files, to disseminate stories of engagement and persistence among Black engineering graduate students. This paper will focus on highlights that emerged from the systematic literature review conducted during the first phase of the study. A systematic literature review (SLR) was used to explore and synthesize findings from existing scholarship on the role of professional organizations in supporting Black engineering students' persistence and success in their undergraduate education. The organizations of interest in this study are the National Society of Black Engineers and Black Greek letter organizations in the National Pan Hellenic Council. Extracting critical information and critically evaluating the contents of each article are important steps in conducting a SLR. This paper will present a mapping review of the 23 articles that met the inclusion criteria and a preliminary synthesis of key findings within one of the extracted categories of data. These findings not only shed light on what is already known about this topic but also present opportunities for future studies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number878
JournalASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings
Volume2020-June
StatePublished - Jun 22 2020
Externally publishedYes
Event2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference, ASEE 2020 - Virtual, Online
Duration: Jun 22 2020Jun 26 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

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