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The College of Engineering is home to more than 4,500 faculty members, students, and staff from across the globe. The level of diversity on our campus is a key strength, and we firmly believe that the varied composition of our community is critical to the continuing vitality of the college. Therefore, building upon and reinforcing diversity within the college is a central priority at the undergraduate, graduate, and faculty levels. We strive to ensure that students, especially those from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in engineering, have the opportunity to realize their aspirations while also contributing their unique ideas, skills, talents, and strengths to the daily life of the College of Engineering. The many diverse groups represented within our student body are integral to the fabric of our college, and programs focusing specifically on pathways to their success contribute to the mission of both the university and the college.

The College of Engineering has always defined diversity broadly, incorporating varying geographic, intellectual, ethnic, cultural, academic, and social elements that make our world a more vibrant place. The college’s commitment to a global view of diversity is an important element in ensuring that our teaching remains connected to real-world problems, our research remains relevant and cutting-edge, and our social composition includes a variety of voices, thoughts, ideas, and opinions.

Diversity Programs in Engineering Overview Brochure

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President Obama recognizes Diversity Programs in Engineering as a recipient of the prestigious Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring.

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