Sharing Peace Engineering with US-based Minority Students, through the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, in Peru
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The University System of Maryland’s Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) shares the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with underrepresented minority (URM) STEM students. In July 2018, faculty and students from three institutions within the USM LSAMP worked with World SPEED - the Student Platform for Engineering Education Development, to share the UN’s SDGs during the 2018 conference of the Latin and Caribbean Consortium of Engineering Institutions (LACCEI) in Lima, Peru. Students from the US, Peru, Colombia, Brazil, and other countries were exposed to the SDGs in both English and Spanish through World SPEED’s SDG-focused panel and team-based exercises. The exercises allowed students, working in teams that mixed countries (and languages), to develop solutions to challenges based on the SDGs. Students discussed research in the context of the SDGs, such as SDG 3: Better health solutions for people around the world, SDG 4: Global quality education, SDG 5: Gender equality, and SDG 7: Affordable and clean energy solutions that will allow humans to generate clean, reusable power. This project allowed URM students from the US to consider engineering in the context of “peace,” contributing to STEM identity, retention, and utilization of their talents for a peaceful purpose.