Our Mission & Values
Diversity Programs in Engineering affirms Ezra Cornell's 1865 founding vision that "I would found an institution where any person can find instruction in any study" and the University's continuing commitment to including diversity on its campus through its Open Doors, Open Hearts, Open Minds diversity and inclusiveness statement.
The Diversity Programs in Engineering office operates programs at the undergraduate, graduate, and faculty levels to facilitate the outreach, recruitment, retention, and overall success of all members of the College of Engineering community, but especially those from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in Engineering including, but not limited to women, underrepresented minorities, and first generation college students.
The Diversity Programs in Engineering office will be recognized nationally as the premiere diversity program in Engineering education. DPE will serve as a national resource center by providing information on student and faculty diversity issues related to climate, outreach, recruitment, persistence, and success. The DPE office will model best practices for other diversity programs across the country.
Diversity Programs in Engineering is staffed by a group of professionals working in support of the following goals:
- Increase the undergraduate and graduate student recruitment, enrollment, retention, and graduation rates for underrepresented minorities, women, first generation college students, and other underrepresented groups.
- Recruit and retain a diverse Engineering faculty.
- Provide undergraduate and graduate students with community, academic, professional, leadership, and personal development opportunities at and external to Cornell.
- Enhance existing efforts and develop new plans to improve the climate for all members of the College of Engineering community. This includes hosting workshops, seminars, conferences, and community events as well as building partnerships and alliances with other departments, universities, and external organizations committed to diversity.
- Implement outreach programs for gifted students in grades 9-12 to attract URM, women, first generation, and other underrepresented students to Engineering and Cornell University.
- Develop and enhance mentoring programs for undergraduate and graduate students and junior faculty.
- Involve alumni, employers, and other external partners in our college, campus, and community-based diversity efforts.
- Develop and enhance relationships with industry, foundation, non-profit, and government partners to increase and strengthen available resources to support outreach, recruitment, and retention efforts at the pre-college, undergraduate, graduate, and faculty levels.