This event has ended. Visit the official site or create your own event on Sched.
Wednesday, May 23 • 11:45am - 12:20pm
Engineering Improv: Setting an Intention for Inclusion

Sign up or log in to save this to your schedule, view media, leave feedback and see who's attending!

“I will use [engineering] improv as a standard to which I hold all other classes at Northwestern in terms of classroom cohesion and positive human interactions,” said Grace Goulson, a junior in Civil Engineering. Engineering Improv I & II, The Art of Allowing and The Art of Inspiration, teach undergraduate engineers the basic tenet of theatrical improv, “Yes, and….” This requires the inclusive skills of listening and collaboration. Engineers are critical problem solvers, often possessing a strong desire to be right, which can feed the impulse to say no, crushing participation. In Engineering Improv, students learn to focus their attention outward by saying “Yes, and…” to what their partners offer them so ideas can build and be explored in more depth. Our experiential curriculum is designed to create an inclusive environment where students practice exercises from the texts outside of class, write self-reflective essays on these exercises, and discuss these essays as a group. They also learn and apply improv skills on the stage, in their other classes, and throughout their broader lives. This interactive session will share lessons learned from designing and teaching Engineering Improv I & II and will teach easy and fun improv exercises for fostering inclusion in your classroom.


Joe Holtgreive

Assistant Dean, Director, Engineering Office of Personal Development, Northwestern University

avatar for Byron Stewart

Byron Stewart

Adjunct Lecturer, McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science
Byron is an adjunct lecturer for Northwestern University’s McCormick School of Engineering, Office of Personal Development. He designed and co-teaches two courses titled, Engineering Improv I & II targeted to undergraduate engineering students. Byron is also a science communication... Read More →

Wednesday May 23, 2018 11:45am - 12:20pm CDT
RB 155

Attendees (4)