Ethnographic Research

The main research question we worked to answer during the first 18 months of this project (Phase I) was:
How do the organizers remain attentive to, negotiate, and effectively work across differences in social identities and disciplines?

  • Data Collection:
    • 15 interviews
    • 85 hours of participant observation
    • Member-checking (to strengthen internal validity and include all group members’ voices and perspectives)
  • Phase I Findings:
    • One of the unique elements of the LATTICE project is the intentional blurring of professional and personal identities in order to foster feelings of trust and respect to contribute to catalyzing inclusive culture in engineering. A key value of the LATTICE symposium was to emphasize the importance of women’s “whole selves” to their professional success and persistence.
    • We identified three main strategies that organizers used to achieve this in their social change work:
      1. Semantic Concensus Building
      2. Storytelling
      3. Validating Perspectives