School of Engineering gains bronze-level recognition for diversity efforts
The American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) awards schools that build the infrastructure to support diverse populations, have at least one student pipeline activity and commit to a diversity and inclusion plan. We join almost 120 engineering schools in the ASEE’s Diversity Recognition Program.
“We are committed to promoting a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion throughout our constituencies,” said Dave Puleo, Ole Miss engineering dean. “The innovation and creativity fostered through diverse teams representing different backgrounds, perspectives and life experiences are needed to address engineering challenges of the 21st century and to advance our state.”
School of Engineering efforts
The school chapters of the National Society of Black Engineers and Society for Women Engineers help promote academic and professional success. This includes activities such as community outreach and alumni sharing their experiences.
Alumni have been endowing scholarships for students who demonstrate a commitment to the advancement of women and minorities in engineering.
The school has developed a targeted equity-in-action plan to create diverse workforce pipelines toward engineering careers. To make sure it happens, the plan outlines accountability and metrics for success.
“The hard work is just beginning, however; our equity-in-action plan lays the foundation for the accomplishments we seek and the progress we hope to achieve” said Alexander Lopez, the school’s diversity liaison and assistant professor of chemical engineering.
ASEE Diversity Recognition Program
The Diversity Recognition Program recognizes those engineering and engineering technology colleges that make significant, measurable progress in increasing diversity, inclusion and degree attainment outcomes of their programs.
To receive the bronze recognition, schools must:
- sign the diversity pledge
- build the infrastructure to support diverse populations
- sponsor at least one K-12 or community college pipeline activity
- commit to a diversity and inclusion plan that includes measurable goals
The association plans to award silver and gold status in the future.