by Amanda Tidwell
Originally published: September 15, 2017
Dr. Monica Cox, the female, black chair of the Department of Engineering Education at Ohio State University, recently told the campus community that her relationship with her colleagues is adversely impacted simply because they’re mostly white and male.
“You are different. You are an outlier and it’s real,” Cox told The Lantern campus newspaper. “I do feel that because this is the nature of the profession. It’s very male. It’s very white.”
Cox is not wrong; the engineering department at Ohio State is in fact primarily male, just as it is at the majority of higher education institutions across the country.