The College of Engineering is committed to creating a learning environment that supports all undergraduate students and helps them find everything needed to become an engineer – and something more. Students who enter the College of Engineering receive education free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran. The connection of engineering students in shared experiences in the common first three semesters, in student organizations, and in professional development builds bonds that last a lifetime. As an example, “Engineering: A Step Ahead” is a signature program serves as an orientation and networking opportunity for first generation college students, international students, transfer students, under-represented students and other newly admitted students.
All of our student services groups actively recruit diverse students to employ as Peer Advisors, Tutors, Student Ambassadors, and Outreach Agents. In addition, specific programs and student organizations create an environment of belonging for students from demographics underrepresented in engineering. Undergraduate students are welcome to partner through organizations and programmatic efforts to share the message: “Anyone can become an engineer!” Engineering is for students who want to search for quicker, better, and less expensive ways to use the forces and materials of nature to meet today’s challenges.
Welcoming Diverse Graduate Students
Diversity programs have served to build and nourish the graduate community within the College of Engineering. We have been active in recruiting graduate students of diverse backgrounds and have provided mentoring, networking, professional development and financial support for many graduate students. The success of mentoring of underrepresented students in engineering has been built on strong collaboration with other campus units and has been supported though private, state, and federal funding.
Support for graduate programs and research experiences for undergraduates comes from the Office of the Vice President for Research and the Graduate College as well as from significant federal grants. Other support comes form corporate and alumni giving. Campus partners include the Carver College of Medicine, the College of Public Health, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the College of Education, and the Center for Diversity and Enrichment.
Signature programs within the College of Engineering which support graduate students include the Ethnic Inclusion Effort for Iowa Engineering and Women in Science in Engineering which provide opportunities for graduate professional development. In addition, the college is a diversity leader as a part of the University Center for Exemplary Mentoring, supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and as a member of The National GEM Consortium
Engineering Student Organizations
There are many engineering student organizations in which students participate that are geared towards promoting success for various diverse groups in the college of engineering while pursuing their studies and also after they graduate. Graduate participants are afforded an opportunity to serve as mentors to younger students and to engage in various K-12 outreach activities in the process. These organizations include:
- The National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE)
- Society of Hispanic Engineers (SHPE)
- National Organization for Black Engineers (NSBE)
- Multi-Ethnic Engineering and Science Association (MESA)
- Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
- Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Ambassadors
- Out in Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics (oSTEM)
Across campus, there are many other resources available: