Engineering Social Justice with Sahid Rosado Lausell | Wednesday, January 9, 2019



The profession of engineering in the United States has historically served the status quo, feeding an ever-expanding materialistic and militaristic culture, remaining relatively unresponsive to public concerns and without significant pressure to change from within. This session called upon engineering students to cultivate an understanding for social justice and to develop the skill and knowledge set needed to take practical action for change within the profession. Sahid Rosado Lausell, Recruitment and Diversity Initiatives Coordinator for the College of Engineering, facilitated a workshop that helped students understand issues of social justice and equity, and provided examples and tools for ways they can promote social justice in their engineering realm.

Sahid Rosado Lausell is the Recruitment & Diversity Initiatives Coordinator for the College of Engineering. Her main duties involve coordinating and developing new recruiting efforts for the college, as well as recruiting, retaining, and supporting underrepresented students in the college.  As the co-advisor for the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), and Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS), she works to ensure a diverse and inclusive environment for all our students.

Prior to joining the College of Engineering at Oregon State, Sahid served as the assistant director of outreach for the College of Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she had the opportunity to develop many K-12 engineering programs for underrepresented minority students in Illinois, co-taught Engineering for Social Justice courses, and coordinated diversity programs for faculty and staff in engineering.

Sahid has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez, and both a M.S. in Environmental Engineering and Ed.M in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.