Diversity at the UI College of Engineering

The College of Engineering must ensure that it is a safe, welcoming, and inclusive space for our faculty, staff, students, alumni, and stakeholders. The intellectual space in which our students thrive and where research develops must reflect and respect the diversity valued by our college community. Through our diversity efforts, we seek to grow and to learn about the ways in which we can foster difficult conversations around representation and enhance the experience of Iowa Engineers throughout their careers.

Ongoing DEI and Anti-Racism Work in the College of Engineering

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There are defining moments in history, and I believe this is one. There is a public awakening to the police violence that is killing Black Americans. We are grappling with concepts of social justice, Black Lives Matter, and anti-racism. We are talking about how every facet, aspect, and corner of our society has a role in doing the needed work to name and dismantle systemic racism—including academia broadly and the University of Iowa College of Engineering specifically. Read more.

Diversity Resources for:

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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council

Promotes a culture that values diversity, equity, and inclusion.
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Faculty and Staff

Diversity resources, contacts, and information for Faculty and Staff.
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Diversity resources, contacts, and information for Students.


Diversity has broader impacts on the state of Iowa and the world.

Student Diversity Organizations

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Multi-Ethnic Engineering

MESA serves as a collaborative organization of several multicultural groups including (but not limited to) the National Society of Black Engineers and the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers.
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Women in STEM Ambassadors (WiSA)

The purpose of Women in STEM Ambassadors (WiSA) is to increase the participation and advancement of womxn in science, technology, engineering, and math fields through outreach to the local community as well as undergraduate and graduate students
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SHPE changes lives by empowering the Hispanic community to realize its fullest potential and to impact the world through STEM awareness, access, support and development.
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National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)

Increasing the number of culturally responsible Black engineers and scientists who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community.
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Out In Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (oSTEM)

Prroviding LGBT+ individuals in STEM majors and their allies the resources they need for community, self-exploration, and professional development that is not offered in other spheres of campus life.
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Society of Women Engineers (SWE)

SWE gives women engineers a unique place and voice within the engineering industry.

The world is rich with diversity, which is reflected in the observances celebrated by its various cultures and populations. Knowledge of diversity holidays and celebrations can enhance diversity and inclusion efforts.

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Upcoming Diversity Events

CPH Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee Meeting

Thursday, October, 1 - 11:00 am

The DEI Committee is open to anyone in the College of Public Health. No nomination is needed, and you can attend any regular meeting. A number of subcommittees are also formed each year. To be added...

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Gilman Scholarship Info Sessions

Thursday, October, 1 - 11:30 am

Please join International Programs for one of several information sessions to discuss the process of applying for a Gilman Scholarship. Applications are now being accepted for Spring, Summer, and...

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BUILD: Engineering an Intersectionality Lens for Equity and Inclusive Excellence

Thursday, October, 1 - 1:00 pm

The Building University of Iowa Leadership for Diversity (BUILD) initiative is an opportunity for UI faculty, staff, and graduate students to gain strategic knowledge and skills to contribute to a...

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