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Inclusive Recommendations: Writing, Requesting, & Assessing Them

Course Description 
Recommendation letters serve a gate keeping function in many professional and academic contexts. Yet research has shown that bias can creep into our writing – in ways that can influence the careers of engineers. Learning how to write, elicit and assess recommendations more equitably will help create more inclusive and diverse workplaces. This course will walk participants through how to write inclusive recommendations, and how to request and assess recommendation letters more equitably when on the hiring side.

Learning Outcomes
After participating in this course, you should be able to:
  • Recognize common patterns of bias that show up in letters of recommendation and strategies for writing more inclusive letters. 
  • Identify best practices for eliciting letters of recommendation. 
  • Recognize best practices when assessing letters and hiring candidates.
Duration: 60 minutes
Closed Caption: English

Dr. Jena Barchas-Lichtenstein, PhD, is a linguistic anthropologist and media research lead at Knology, with a dozen years of experience considering the linkage between micro-level interactions and macro-level structural inequity. She has previously taught a version of this workshop at the New York Academy of Sciences.

This course offers 0.10 CEUs / 1.0 PDH. To receive CEU/PDH, the course must be viewed in its entirety in addition to completing the knowledge check with an 80%.
The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) has been approved as an Authorized Provider by the International Accreditors for Continuing Education and Training (IACET), 1760 Old Meadow Road, Suite 500, McLean, VA 22102; (703) 506-3275. In obtaining this approval, the SWE has demonstrated that it complies with the ANSI/IACET 1-2018 Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Authorized Provider membership status, SWE is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET 1-2018 Standard.