Category: Increasing Diversity Outreach and Support in International Education

An Abroad Requirement for Engineering Undergraduates

Thursday, Jun 1
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
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The Whitacre College of Engineering at Texas Tech University now requires all undergraduates to have an abroad experience. This poster will present the strategic and assessment plans as well as travel scholarship.

Zaida M. Gracia

Assistant Academic Dean
Texas Tech University
Lubbock, TX

Zaida Gracia is the Assistant Academic Dean for the International Programs at the Whitacre College of Engineering. As part of the International Program’s staff for the WCOE, she joined TTU in 2013 and since then she has established many collaboration agreements with international universities to increase the recruitment of graduate students, and increase and diversify the opportunities for the engineering undergraduate students to fulfil their international requirement. In March 2016, Zaida became an ELATE@ Drexel (Executive Leadership in Academic Technology and Engineering) alumnus presenting an institutional action project titled “Raiders Abroad: A sustainable model for globally competent engineering students” that was adopted by the WCOE. The project, based on the work of cross functional teams established a strategic plan for 2016-2020 focusing on student participation and assessment on programs abroad and the development of a travel scholarship fund for students under financial hardship in the college.
Mrs. Gracia brings twenty five years of experience as a mathematics’ professor at the Sacred Heart University in Puerto Rico. She led successful initiatives to increase minorities and women representation in STEM fields such as federal grant funded projects, school teacher seminars, the launching of a science journalism program and the establishment of an annual Science Festival.