The College of Engineering is committed to building a welcoming and inclusive community of learning and scholarship with the support systems for all persons to thrive. Recognizing that diversity enriches the educational experience where everyone has the opportunity to excel and their contributions are respected and valued, the college has established the Associate Dean for Diversity and Outreach to develop and refine programs for undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and staff as well as for inspiring K-12 students. Diversity leadership is managed within the Outreach, Admissions, Scholarships & Inclusion Services (OASIS)  group.

The mission of Diversity Programs in the College of Engineering is to provide a successful learning experience for all students. We strive to ensure that students, especially those from groups 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.

Diversity Resources for:

Faculty and Staff

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


Diversity resources, contacts, and information for Students.


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

Ethnic Inclusion

Ethnic Inclusion supports faculty, staff and students within the College of Engineering.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council

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

Student Diversity Organizations

Mutli-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.

Women in Science and Engineering Ambassadors

The WISE Ambassadors is a community of undergraduate and graduate women studying in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) majors.

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers

This national organization is dedicated to the advancement of Hispanic people in the fields of Engineering, Math and Sciences.

National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers

Assisting people of color in fully realizing their potential in academic, professional, and entrepreneurial pursuits in chemistry, chemical engineering, and related fields.

National Society of Black Engineers

Increasing the number of culturally responsible Black engineers and scientists who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community.

Out In Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics

Prroviding LGBT+ individuals in STEM majors the resources they need for community, self-exploration, and professional development that is not offered in other spheres of campus life.

Society of Women Engineers

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

International Writing Program (IWP) Prairie Lights Reading Series

Sunday, September, 15 - 4:00 pm

Mac Shiori Gill is a graduate student at the University of Iowa pursuing an MFA in Literary Translation, an MA in Library & Information Science, and a graduate certificate in Public Digital...

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Latinx/a/o Heritage Month Kick-Off Dinner

Sunday, September, 15 - 5:30 pm

Join in a community dinner where we will be socializing and sharing about the rest of Latinx/a/o Heritage Month 2019!  Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of...

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Frequently Asked Questions

As of Fall 2018, there were 2,176 undergraduates and 269 graduate students.

Ratio of women to men (this is based on the Registrar's office official count): 27% women, 73% men (overall)

We employ 110 tenured and tenure-track professors. The break down is as follows: 95 tenure and tenure-track faculty, and 15 instructional-track faculty. We also more than 200 dedicated professional and scientific, and merit staff members.

A substantial amount! There are more than 15,265 known living alumni world-wide. 4,432 alumni in the state of Iowa alone!

As an undergraduate student, you can study Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or be Undeclared Engineering for the first three semesters.

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