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About mensafi

Mahnaz is a Ph.D. student in Environmental Design and Planning at Virginia Tech. She holds two master’s degree, M.S. in Environmental Design from Texas Tech University and M.A in Architecture from University of Tehran (Iran). Currently, she is both research and teaching assistant at Virginia Tech. Her research interests include BIM, facility management, construction safety and healthcare design.

Diversity for global society

When anyone talks about diversity, the very first thing that comes to our mind is either gender or ethnicity differences. However, diversity includes a much wider range of factors such as differences in socio-economic status, abilities, languages, sexual orientation, and so on. It is significant to be familiar with all types of diversity in order …

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Issues Happening in Higher Ed

Based on a study reported by Wiley education service, there are six top challenges that higher education is facing and decreased in state funding for higher ed as well as decreased enrollment are among those (Top Challenges Facing U.S. Higher Education, Retrieved October 17, 2019, from https://bit.ly/2qlkHxa). Almost the same results were found from the …

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Gender Diversity in Civil Engineering

The issue of gender diversity has attracted my attention since I have changed my major to Building Construction. It is obvious that the majority of the students in such fields are males. Therefore, I decided to dig deep into this topic by considering the percentage of males and females accepted to civil engineering programs and …

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Intersectionality

Intersectionality was first used by Kimberlé Crenshaw, a professor of law at Columbia University almost 30 years ago. Intersectionality is the theory that refers to the complex and cumulative way different forms of discrimination like racism, sexism and classism overlap and affect people (The Effect of Intersectionality in the Workplace, retrieved September 28, from https://nyti.ms/2QpDEGW). …

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Stereotype Threat

Stereotype threat refers to “the risk of confirming negative stereotypes about an individual’s racial, ethnic, gender, or cultural group” (STEREOTYPE THREAT, Retrieved September 12, 2019, from https://bit.ly/2lM9IKY). Nowadays, people are putting great effort on reducing and eliminating the impact of stereotype threats on student’s academic performance. Many researchers have studied such issues. For instance, in …

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Reasons for attending the Diversity for Global Society class

As a new Ph.D. student at Virginia Tech, I got exposed to a new set of classes for my first semester including the classes under the future professoriate certificate which seemed fascinating to me since they included significant topics related to schools and higher education. There were a few major reasons that encouraged me to …

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Introduction

I am Mahnaz Ensafi. I go by she/her/hers. I am a Ph.D. student in Environmental Design and Planning and also research and teaching assistant at Virginia Tech. I hold two master’s degree, M.S. in Environmental Design from Texas Tech University and M.A in Architecture from University of Tehran (Iran). My experiences include working as research assistant …

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